Over 100 Scottish pupils disqualified for mobile phone breach

Figures obtained by Scotland on Sunday in a Freedom of Information request made to the the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have revealed that over 100 Scottish school pupils will fail exams this year because they took mobile phones into examination halls.

41 pupils will also fail exams because they plagiarised work of other students and authors.

The SQA said that most of the 109 allegations of mobile phone abuse referred to them by schools were not direct attempts at cheating, but candidates will still be disqualified for breaking examination rules.

Students who have been disqualified will have the words "No Award" on their examination certificates, which are due to arrive in nine days' time. The decisions can be appealed through the examinations appeals process.

No mercy for 100 mobile phone 'cheat' pupils (Scotland on Sunday, 31 July 2005)