THE Education Ministry is continuing to note the increase in reported malpractice among students during external exams.
Speaking at day two of the Fiji principals' conference in Labasa, the ministry's exam and assessment unit director, Tomo Hereniko, said such misconduct was tracked down by supervisors, markers and sometimes community members.
"We also have a special software that picks up suspicious misconduct and when it does, an error message appears and this informs officials of the suspicion," Mr Hereniko said.
"For example, if a group of students all get 90 or 100 in a particular subject, the software will produce the error message. We then conduct a thorough investigation to find out the facts about the malpractice.
"Malpractice among students is usually in the form of writing answers on their hands, uniforms and bodies or even on pieces of paper.
"Sometimes they are caught in the act or when markers are suspicious while marking papers, or when the software produces the error message."
Mr Hereniko said their findings were usually submitted to the ministry's permanent secretary for final action.
"The decision to penalise or disqualify a student is made by the permanent secretary.
"We only conduct the investigation and our findings are given to him for a decision. He has the final say."