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A British exam board chief has suggested that Google search would be allowed in exams.
Mark Dawe, who heads OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) which awards qualifications for learners in schools and colleges in Britain, said that Internet use in exam rooms would be allowed in future.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said that since students sitting for exams would have a basic knowledge of their subject anyway, they should be allowed limited time use of Internet to search answers.
Dawe argued, “Surely when they learn in the classroom, everyone uses Google if there is a question. It is more about understanding what results you’re seeing rather than keeping all of that knowledge in your head, because that’s not how the modern world works.’’
However he added that use of Internet in exam rooms is “very unlikely to happen in the next few weeks or next few months, but it’s certainly inevitable, I would suggest.’’
According to him, “It’s about understanding the tools they have got available and how to utilise them. When we are asking a question where we know there’s access to the internet, we could ask a different question – it’s about the interpretation, the discussion.”
Bosses at Google must be excited by the idea!