Education Ministry fails to thwart second thanaweyya amma exam leak

Taha Sakr
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The second round of the thanaweyya amma secondary school exams were marred by continued leaks, as answers to the physics exam for the second round of exams, along with a photograph of the exam itself, circulated Tuesday morning on the ChaoMing Facebook page—the exam was leaked directly after it began.

The ChaoMing Facebook page stirred much controversy during the first round of thanaweyya amma exams held in June, as it leaked several exams and threatened to modify students’ exam results.

The Facebook page renewed its threat to the Ministry of Education, saying that it will continue leaking exams during the second round. The page asked students on Monday evening to check the page on Tuesday morning to find the aforementioned exam.

The answers of the exam were available on the ChaoMing Facebook page, on which students were able to engage and ask questions for clarification regarding specific answers.

Daily News Egypt made several attempts to reach the Ministry of Education spokesperson and media office to receive a comment on the leaks, but no response was received.

On Saturday, answers of the Arabic language exam for the second round of exams were leaked on ChaoMing. Following the leak, the Ministry of Education took action against the incident and issued a statement in which it revealed details about how the exam was leaked.

The exam papers are believed to have been leaked by a number of students who were present for the exams and took pictures of the exam paper and published it on social media outlets, according to the ministry’s statement.

The ministry clarified that a student leaked the exam one hour after it was administered, adding that he was referred to investigation after his role in the incident was revealed.

Since the beginning of the first round of exams in early June, all exams have been leaked on social media either prior to or during the exam administration time, though the Education Ministry has denied some of the leaks.

Consequently, four subjects from the first round of exams were postponed from their original time to early July due to the leak of the dynamics exam—part of the mathematics exam. The decision trigged controversy and sparked protests as the exam content was leaked for a second time following an initial postponement.

Students increased in number in front of Al-Mounira School to protest repeating the exams and to call for the dismissal of the minister of education.

More than 20 people have been arrested on charges of leaking exam papers on the internet since early June. The arrests came as part of a crackdown on exam fraud.


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