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‘Chegging’ along? UCT, Wits reports increase in students’ virtual cheating

‘Chegging’ along? UCT, Wits reports increase in students’ virtual cheating

A firm known as Chegg has tripled their stock impress during the pandemic by offering students a formula to cheat through virtual studying which universities across South Africa obtain picked up as a voice. 

Forbes acknowledged that Chegg has turn into a $12 billion firm profiting from enabling students to cheat. 

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Chegg has a database of 46 million textbook and examination considerations and enables customers to flip them in as their very accept as true with, so on the complete to cheat. 

According to Forbes, Chegg depends in Santa Clara, California with the coronary heart of its operation in truth being in India, the put the firm employs greater than 70 000 consultants in developed math, science, technology and engineering degrees. 

The consultants work as freelancers and are online 24 hours a day, seven days per week and present step-by-step answers to questions posted by subscribers. The firm additionally presents other services for faculty students, akin to tools to obtain bibliographies, resolve math considerations and strengthen their writing. 

Nevertheless, basically the most traditional train of the app is Chegg Look for, described by Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig as an “persistently-on tutor” that is “ready to attend students with detailed answers to considerations”. 


Each and every the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) obtain reported that students obtain been discovered cheating through Chegg. 

“The college had famed an increase in the selection of cases of tutorial dishonesty – which included cheating on tests and assessments – referred to the Swish Companies & Secretariat division between 2019 and 2020,” said UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola to My Broadband.

“The college has discovered that in all these cases, college test and/or examination questions were loaded to the Chegg online page and answers were equipped by industry consultants and submitted by students as their very accept as true with work,” he added. 

“The college grew to turn into attentive to a pair of students aged online sources and platforms to abet them in answering assessments contravening overview necessities and college rules,” said Wits according to My Broadband.

“These matters obtain been duly processed in terms of the Solutions for Pupil Discipline by the University’s Swish Administrative heart,” continued Wits assertion. 


The firm notes that cheating is a agonize among students and this has increased since the pandemic ended in virtual learning and so they intend on addressing the voice, while universities additionally purpose to deter students from “Chegging”. 

“We’re now now not naive that [cheating] is a agonize. And the mass switch to faraway learning has only increased it. We remain 100% dedicated to addressing it, and are investing substantial sources to finish so,” said Chegg president Nathan Schultz in a written assertion. 

“We cannot finish it on my own and are working with college and institutions, and can continue to finish more, including educating students,” he added. 

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‘Chegging’ along? UCT, Wits reports increase in students’ virtual cheating