Mar 20, 2019

PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats

The education secretary is calling on payments firms such as PayPal to block transactions for essay writing firms, in a bid to beat university cheats. There have been repeated warnings from university leaders about the risk of cheating from students using online essay writing firms. The QAA wrote to PayPal in November calling on the firm "To close down the payment facilities for the essay-writing companies that encourage students to cheat". "I am determined to beat the cheats who threaten the integrity of our system and am calling on online giants, such as PayPal, to block payments or end the advertisement of these services - it is their moral duty to do so," said Mr Hinds. The education secretary's call for a tougher line on essay writing services was backed by Chris Hale of Universities UK. He said the university organisation wanted "Essay mills to be made illegal and we continue to work together with government, the Quality Assurance Agency and other higher education bodies to tackle their use".

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