English test students may have been wrongly accused, says watchdog

Home Office ‘did not have the expertise’ to check data used to accuse students of cheating.


Thousands of students accused of cheating have either been forcibly removed from the UK or left after warnings of detention and removal.


A government watchdog has criticised the Home Office for failing to protect students wrongly accused of cheating in an English language test that they were required to sit as part of a visa application process.


About 2,500 students have been forcibly removed from the UK after being accused of cheating in the exam and a further 7,200 left the country after being warned that they faced detention and removal if they stayed. Many have protested their innocence; 12,500 appeals have been heard in UK courts, and so far 3,600 people have won their appeals.


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