The Council of Europe calls for a stronger fight against fraud in the field of education

The 3rd plenary session of the Council of Europe Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education (ETINED) was held in Prague on 28-29 of November. It was attended by representatives from almost 30 European countries. Lithuania was represented by the Head of the Legal and General Affairs Division of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education Ieva Vaiciukevičienė and the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures Loreta Tauginienė.

It was discussed about academic ethics as an important component of the quality of education and an expression of democratic participation. A significant number of presentations were aimed at presenting the practice of various countries (e.g. the United Kingdom, Ireland), such as contract cheating, publicising of information promoting the contract cheating. The Council of Europe is paying close attention to this violation as it aggressively undermines the quality of and trust in education. The Council of Europe is preparing a policy framework document which will encourage more active actions to combat this form of fraud.

In Lithuania contract cheating, publicising of information promoting the contract cheating are regulated by Article 123 of the Code of Administrative Transgressions. The application of this article is entrusted to the Office of the Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures.

Other forms of fraud, such as falsification of documents or part of them as well as corruption in education, were also discussed in the plenary session.