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Posted On: 19 April 2009 10:26 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Suspected exam fraud under probe

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The Evaluation Institute under the Supreme Education Council (SEC) is looking into cases of alleged exam fraud committed by some students with the help of a teacher. Participating in a radio programme titled “Watani Al Habib Sabah El Khair”, Adel Abdulrahman Al Sayed, director of the Evaluation Institute, said the Institute was seriously investigating the cases of fraud allegedly committed by a section of primary, preparatory and secondary students in the just concluded Qatar Comprehensive Educational Assessment tests. Al Sayed thanked a bold girl student who had called in to complain about a Science teacher providing answers to the questions in the exam. He said the Institute had taken the allegations very seriously and the matter was under investigation and the Institute would take the appropriate action. The report of the probe would be presented to H E Sheikha Al Mahmoud, Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council, and to the members of the Executive Committee of SEC, he said. The director said the Institute was technically equipped to score all the tests in such a way that it can detect cases of cheating or fraud, adding that any school engaging in such a practice was simply seeking to improve its image and academic results, but in the wrong way. To a question about the presence of invigilators/inspectors from the Evaluation Institute during the exams, Al Sayed said, “the Institute has full confidence in the administration at the independent schools as they have taken the tests in the past. The Evaluation Institute has provided the schools with observers from the beginning of the implementation of the tests.” He said the chances of the schools obtaining the test question papers before the test dates were very remote as these papers were distributed only at six o’clock on the morning of the test.