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SA academia warned against mills where students pay for original assignments

There is a new threat to academic integrity, and it comes in the form of paper or essay mills.

The essay mill industry allows students to commission an original piece of writing on any subject matter so that they may commit academic fraud.

(Also read our article: Are public libraries threatened by the internet age?)

Adele Thomas, Student Resources Professor at the University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Industrial Psychology Department, says that the business is booming across the world and South Africa's academic institutions must be prepared.

Just as we try to get a handle on plagiarism and student cheating, this relatively new practice is popping up. It's a growing industry and people all over the world are opening up these paper mills and selling assignment to students.

Adele Thomas, Professorof Student Resources at UJ

According to Thomas, it is difficult for local academic institutions to interrogate or identify assignments that have been bought.

She says some students use essay mills because they are lazy to learn, while others buy papers as they struggle with academic writing skills.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:

Also listen to Thomas in conversation with Africa Melane:

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