Universities fight 'essay bank'

British universities are threatening to ban the country's first Internet 'essay bank' in a bid to stop students cheating.

British universities are threatening to ban the country's first Internet "essay bank" in a bid to stop students cheating.

The bank will store course notes and essays on a variety of topics, selling them for $25 and paying the student-supplier $16 each time their work is used.

Similar Web sites in the US have been blamed for an upsurge in cheating, but such sites have yet to arrive in New Zealand, believes the Ministry of Education.

Britain's zarr.com will be launched in September by husband and wife team Hannah and Mark Reynolds. Already, about 100 students have sent in work, with a dozen students trying to buy.

However, the couple's former universities - Bradford and Glamorgan - are threatening to block the new Web site. They also advise students not to send in work saying that would be helping plagiarism.

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