Cheat Fears as Students Parents Buy Fake Essays; HARD WORK: But More Students Are Cheating to Get Their University Degree

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Byline: Jody Harrison

PARENTS are paying up to [pounds sterling]1,500 a time to download pre-written essaysfrom the Internet to help their student children pass degree courses.

Worryingly, many of the papersintended to be examples for use as study aidsare then submitted as the young persons own work.

In some cases, parents were buying them as Christmas presents, according toonline custom essay service UKessays.com.

The company, which provides high-quality essays for students to use as studyguides, said it was contacted on numerous occasions before and during thefestive period by middle-class parents looking for material that would easetheir childrens workload.

In one case, a mother was refused service when she asked for numerous pieces ofworkcosting thousands of poundsand told the company she intended to rewrite them for her son.

A customer survey carried out by the Nottingham-based firm found that, of the6,000 essays it sold last year, 9 per centaround 550 were to students north of the Border.

A spokesman for UKessays.com said: Our survey showed that 50 per cent of ouressays are being purchased for a son or daughter, with around 90 per cent ofthose customers coming from a middle-class background.

We even had to turn down one multiple order because the parent claimed shewould rewrite all of the essays so that her son could simply hand them in ashis own in January. …