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The number of cheating incidents in GCSE and and A-level exams has more than doubled in the past five years. New figures from Northern Ireland's exams body show the number of penalties issued for malpractice increased from 55 in 2014 to 115 in 2018.

In 2018, mobile phones accounted for more than a third of all incidents of malpractice. Pupils can be punished for malpractice simply by taking a phone into an exam, even if they do not actually use it. During the same period the number of students entering exams dropped by more than 72,000.



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