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Australia Inside the dark world of 'ghostwriting' in Australian universities - and how Chinese students are paying big money for someone else to ace their essays

02:16  02 december  2019
02:16  02 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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dark world of ' ghostwriting ' in Australian universities – and how Chinese students are paying big money for someone else to ace their essays . Ghostwriting sees students with poor English outsource work or assessments. Foreign students in Australia are forking out upto 0 for a 1

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a woman holding a cell phone: Ghostwriting or contract cheating is a huge underground industry that sees students with poor English skills outsource work or assessments to a writer through an overseas website (stock image pictured)© Provided by Daily Mail Ghostwriting or contract cheating is a huge underground industry that sees students with poor English skills outsource work or assessments to a writer through an overseas website (stock image pictured) An increasing number of foreign university students in Australia are cheating on assessments by paying a ghostwriter to do the work for them.

Ghostwriting or contract cheating is a huge underground industry that sees students with poor English skills outsource work or assessments to an anonymous writer through an overseas website.

Students are expected to pay $200 for a standard 1,000-word essay, with prices increasing to over $300 for a guaranteed high-distinction mark.

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Scrawled on bathroom walls at Monash University in Melbourne are advertisements in Chinese for essay writing services.

According to an investigation by ABC, the use of ghostwriters is rife across Australian universities, however, there is very little that can be done to catch them out for cheating.

Most of the time students are only wanting to pass, they know not to aim too high and risk raising suspicions.

A Melbourne-based student from China admitted she had cheated because of her lack of written English skills. She said it was common for foreign students to use the services.

'The university students that I am acquainted with … almost all of them have used contract cheating services once or more and haven't been caught,' she said.

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'This becomes a culture of international students.'

Meeloun Education, one of the biggest agencies for ghostwriters, employs more than 450 writers across the globe.

The China-based organisation claims to have completed about 30,000 assignments since it began in 2009.

According to recruitment websites it pays its writers about $40 per assignment. However, it charges about $120 for 1,000 words.

A Chinese contract writer, who did not want to be identified, claimed he works mainly with students from Monash University and RMIT University and has earned about $8,000 doing it.

a close up of a piece of paper: A Melbourne-based student from China admitted she had cheated because of her lack of written English skills. She said it was common for foreign students to use the services (stock image pictured)© Provided by Daily Mail A Melbourne-based student from China admitted she had cheated because of her lack of written English skills. She said it was common for foreign students to use the services (stock image pictured)

He admitted to feeling some guilt about cheating, he said if he didn't do it someone else would.

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The contract writer said his work has never been suspected by the universities.

And while many universities have been using Turnitin, a software designed to identify plagiarism, currently it can do little to identify if a ghostwriter was used.

Turnitin has developed a program called Authorship Investigate, which they claim can identify cases of ghostwriting, however it is not widely used yet.

Education Minister Dan Tehan announced in April new laws were in the works to target contract cheats, which would see cheats imprisoned for up to two years or fined up to $210,000.

'We are going to use blocking to make sure that they can not provide those services,' he told The Guardian.

a wooden bench sitting in the grass: A Chinese contract writer, who did not want to be identified, claimed he works mainly with students from Monash University and RMIT University and has earned about $8,000 doing it (stock image pictured)© Provided by Daily Mail A Chinese contract writer, who did not want to be identified, claimed he works mainly with students from Monash University and RMIT University and has earned about $8,000 doing it (stock image pictured)

'And those that are here and operating in Australia, understand that we will come after you. Because it is simply not fair for all those students who do the work themselves, who study hard, that they are facing competition from others who use online cheating services.

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'We have to make sure that all hardworking students, who do the work, who do the hard yards, don't face competition from students who use cheating services.'

A spokeswoman for Monash University told Daily Mail Australia they are committed to creating a learning environment underpinned by high standards of honesty and academic integrity.

'The University continues to uphold a rigorous standard of academic integrity for all students at all levels. This includes making clear to students - domestic and international - the potential consequences of using unauthorised essay writing and academic tutoring services.

'Breaches of the University's Student Academic Integrity Policy may lead to a loss of marks, a complete re-submission of the paper, or, in serious cases, a fail for the unit or exclusion from the University.'

Daily Mail Australia has contacted other major universities across Australia for comment.

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