Denmark allows internet access in school exams

Danish schools are about to trial exams, where students would be allowed to use the internet. Bertel Haarder, minister of education in the country, explains: “Our exams have to reflect daily life in the classroom and daily life in the classroom has to reflect life in society.


Additional pro-argument emphasizes on the idea “that collecting facts and figures is now a task best left to computers – and that youngsters taking exams shouldn’t necessarily be blocked from one of the tools they are routinely expected to use in their studies.”


According to the BBC, Sanne Yde Schmidt, who heads the project at Greve school, also supports the initiative: “If we’re going to be a modern school and teach them things that are relevant for them in modern life, we have to teach them how to use the internet.”


There is mainly one critical point expressed in the media so far. While communicating with other people is strictly forbidden, there is no way of ensuring students will not do it.  Ms Smith explains the Danish approach to tackling the problem: “The main precaution is that we trust them. I think the cheat rate is very low because the consequences of cheating are very big.”


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