Rabat - Despite the government’s decision to impose prison terms on students caught cheating or convicted of leaking national exams, the fraud seems very hard to eradicate in Moroccan schools.
Rabat – Despite the government’s decision to impose prison terms on students caught cheating or convicted of leaking national exams, the fraud seems very hard to eradicate in Moroccan schools.
Of the 306,000 students taking the regional baccalaureate exam, the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training has reportedly recorded 3,048 cases of cheating, more than 1 percent.
The ministry said that instances of cheating were reducedfrom previous years.
It also said that several people who illegally distributed the contents of the exam were “caught red-handed” and “surrendered to security authorities.”
The ministry claimed that “administrative disciplinary measures were taken against several officials and assistants in the management of examinations because of their lack of firmness in the application of measures against cheating.”
The Moroccan government has already defined cheating on exams as “a form of fraud and deception in school exams to get a certificate or national diplomas.”
If adopted, the law states that anyone caught in the act of cheating or aiding in the process will face one month to one year inprison, and a fine ranging from MAD 5,000 to 10,000.
Prior to the exams, the ministry led an awareness campaign to about the dangers of cheating at the national exams in different high schools around the country.
Students were taken aback when they found specialized law enforcement units patrolling examination centers and teachers equipped with metal detectors for discovering electronic devices forbidden within the confines of the examination centers.
Some Moroccan associations call for reviewing the restraining laws imposed on students, recognizing the “importance and necessity of the adoption of legal arsenal to eradicate and treat the cheating phenomenon,” but concerned that “it will not be greatly effective, unless it is accompanied with educational, societal and pedagogical treatment during the schooling years.”