The University of the West Indies has sought to protect the integrity of its testing methods, rejecting reports that there has been widespread cheating following its move online.
In a statement on Saturday (October 9) the leading university said that there was no “evidentiary basis” to support reports of increased or widespread cheating .
“The University of the West Indies categorically rejects misinformed allegations in recent media coverage on the subject of the integrity of its examinations, as the institution transitioned to online evaluations in
response to the exigencies of the pandemic, ” read a release from the university.
“The University assures that its systems for teaching and examination continue to be robust. It is for this reason that the initial anomalies which were discovered and subjected to a detailed investigation in an internal report prepared by the Mona Campus to The UWI Academic Board, came to the fore,” added the university in the release.
Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has also slammed the reports noting they are “highly offensive and ” Untrue”.
“These are highly offensive, inflammatory and unprofessional allegations because they are not rooted in any factual
evidence, ” he said.
Once again, ad hoc and random references are unscientifically strung together to damage the hard-earned reputation of the University but cannot stand as sound reporting. To argue that the University is a cheater and has widespread student cheating is untrue, unethical, and is an unwarranted assault on The UWI and must be rejected,” he added,
According to the university, while investigations into the report continue, the institution remains committed to maintaining its integrity of its teaching and examinations while continuing to provide the necessary support systems.