Egypt’s Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawky announced, on Sunday, that the student responsible for leaking parts of the Arabic language exam in the Thanaweyya Amma (high-school leaving) has been arrested.
The arrest came after the student was found to have published photos on social media sites showing parts of the exam.
Shawky’s remarks came after some pages appeared on social networking sites only minutes after the start of the exam.
About 257,145 high school students took the Arabic language exam on Sunday. There have been mixed reactions to the exam so far, with a number of students saying that the exam was not difficult, while others said it was.
In Saturday’s exams for the same subject but for the scientific and mathematical divisions, students complained about the difficulty of the exam. They said that the answers in the multiple choice questions were similar to each other, forcing them to spend longer to choose the correct answer.
About 649,000 students are taking this year’s Thanaweyya Amma exams.
The exams started on Saturday amid strict precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They are also being held inside secured committees, whilst being monitored by cameras inside schools.
This year’s high school exams are taking place using the bubble sheet system.
The Ministry of Education and Technical Education has also confirmed that the correction of the exams will take place electronically, with the results to be announced 10 days after the end of exams on 2 August.