Aumenta a oferta de profissionais ghost-writers que escrevem papers e fazem trabalhos para MBA’s e outros mestrados.
They’ve sold their academic integrity for a few quid
Kath Ringwald, Western Mail, Aug 4th 2005
INTERNET shopping has become an essential part of life for many struggling with the work life balance. Whether it’s bacon and eggs from Tesco, Harry Potter and Snow Patrol from Amazon or a cruise in the Caribbean from P&O – it’s only a couple of clicks away.
Why spend precious time increasing your stress levels in high-street shops when you can achieve the same results while sipping a glass of Chardonnay in the comfort of your own home?
Anyone involved in higher education will tell you that students, full-time and part-time, face competing and ever-increasing pressures. Full-time students face mounting debts for fees, books and accommodation. Many have at least one job to help support their studies and like all students they want to enjoy the social experience of university life.
Part-time students do their best to balance work, family and academic pressures; which would be fine if there were 36 hours in every day and nine days in every week.
Now a new generation of dot.com companies come to the rescue of the hard-pressed student, offering to write essays, assignments and dissertations to order or “off the peg” for as little as £29.99.
They appear on the internet as “academic ghost-writers” or “personal researchers”.
But if students use these services and pass the resulting essays off as all their own work, it amounts to cheating on a grand scale.
On her now famous website, Elizabeth Hall strikes a chord with many fraught and exhausted MBA students with this seductive statement: “An MBA is a career investment, but balancing your present post with career plans whilst maintaining a life/work balance is a near impossible task.
“Investing in EHA (Elizabeth Hall Associates) MBA ghost-writing services is investing in your career and the rest of your life.” Such a huge personal and financial investment cannot be put at risk as she explains.
“Having your assignment written by an academic – a marker – ensures that it is as near as it is ever possible to be exactly what is required and more. We deliver what the marker wants to read every time.”
Degree Essays UK “proudly offer you the UK’s first guaranteed 2:1 and first-class standard ‘personalised essays’ service”, which, it claims, are scanned for plagiarism and virtually undetectable by the best universities in the UK.
Of course, these and many other websites contain warnings to students, reminding them of the penalties for plagiarism.
But such warnings are usually in the website’s equivalent of small-print, and since the companies make clear and unequivocal promises of confidentiality and security, the risk of being caught must seem small.
Now, you may be wondering, who on earth is writing this stuff?
Well, as we all know, money talks, and more than 3,700 academics are writing for Degree Essays UK which promises up to £1,000 a month for part-time work.
Papers4you.com invites academics to sell assignments, papers and dissertations they have produced over the years – a kind of academic recycling.
In an article in The Times a law tutor said he was making £10,000 on top of his salary, selling essays which were accepted at some of the best universities in the country, including Newcastle, Durham and Bristol.
This is a huge problem for universities throughout the UK and though it is not a new problem, it is a very, very difficult one to solve. On the one hand, there have always been students who will cheat, but it has never been so easy, so accessible and so apparently undetectable. On the other hand it seems that a proportion of the academic community has become so morally bankrupt that they are prepared to sell their academic integrity for a few extra quid a month.
I believe all honest academics and students should stand up and be counted, so I am launching a personal crusade against the cheats. I do so on behalf of the hundreds of hard-working, hard-pressed and hard-up students it has been my privilege to help graduate with qualifications they honestly and richly deserve.
Kath Ringwald is senior economist at Newport Business School, University of Wales

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