Education officials are urging students sitting their NCEA exams not to roll the dice by attempting to cheat, despite the ‘‘high stakes’’ involved.
Last year, New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) formally investigated 338 students for breaking the rules.
Of those investigations, 326 breaches were confirmed, up from the 290 seen during the 2015 exam period.
Among the most common rules broken was when students were caught with a cellphone (123 cases), while eight used a cellphone dishonestly. A further 65 cases involved a student with notes.
Nine students were also investigated over ‘‘authenticity issues’’, which includes plagiarism and impersonations.
However, NZQA deputy chief executive assessment, Kristine Kilkelly, pointed out that breaching the rules did not always mean a student was cheating.
‘‘Students are not allowed to take cellphones or notes into an examination, but it cannot be assumed that every student with a cellphone or notes intended to cheat.
‘‘The majority of breaches related to students failing to follow instructions.’’
Results for this year’s final exams were due to be published in mid-January.