April 27, 2005
[A] spokesman for the Campaign for Real Education in England said it would be a mistake for exam scripts to be sent abroad in any format…
…“I have nothing against Indians marking papers from England – many Indians speak English better than the English themselves – but the complicated logistics involved mean that the whole exercise is in danger of going disastrously wrong.”
Although information technology has been the focus of the offshoring debate, a vast amount of paper-shuffling has also been shipped to India in recent years—everything from healthcare claims to welfare-processing to tax returns. An estimated 100,000 U.S. tax returns were done in India in 2004, a number that will quadruple this year.
Given that marking exam papers is generally about as appealing as processing tax returns, I’m not convinced academia should mourn this trend.
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