Plagiarism and its implications on higher education in developing countries
by Saqib Saeed, Rizwan Aamir, Muhammad Ramzan
International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies (IJTCS), Vol. 3, No. 2/3/4, 2011

Abstract: Plagiarism at higher education institutions is a big threat to academic standards. It is a widely prevalent phenomenon in student population, although mainly due to their lack of awareness, but also due to weak controlling mechanisms within the education systems. Coupled with socio-economic situations, plagiarism becomes a big motivation to enhance academic credentials and to gain financial benefits. Transformation into knowledge-based economy is the only hope for the developing countries to be competitive in modern world. Poor educational standard could create lack of competitiveness among graduates in developing countries to be competitive at international level. In this paper, we discuss the motivation and reasons for indulging in plagiarism for students and academicians in educational institutions in developing countries. We also provide guidelines for controlling the phenomenon from academic institutions. Our guidelines suggest an extensive focus on higher education provision by the policy makers to implement a well thought out strategy.

Online publication date: Sat, 28-Feb-2015

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