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Morocco’s Special Needs Students to Benefit from Adapted Baccalaureate Exams

Morocco’s Special Needs Students to Benefit from Adapted Baccalaureate Exams

Rabat – The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, and Higher Education have announced that this year’s baccalaureate final exams will be arranged accordingly for students with hearing problems as well as those with mental conditions such as autism.

The ministry in a press release on Thursday that students with other special needs who are preparing to sit for the final exams scheduled for June 5-8 will receive extra exam time and an exam assistant.

The alternative exam circumstances will be readied for both mental and physical disabilities.

The initiative falls under the 2015-2030 strategic vision to define the outlines of the future Moroccan schools and provide all citizens with a high-quality education, carried out by the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research.

As usual, the baccalaureate examination tests will differ from region to region, and all exam candidates must pass multiple choice questions, closed-ended questions requiring explanation or justification, and open-ended questions requiring opinion or discussion,  according to the announcement.

Cheating in baccalaureate exams

On Friday, the Government Council approved a new draft decree that decries cheating in baccalaureate exams, including private educational institutions and vocational training establishments.

The current anti-fraud law penalizes cheating candidates caught with smartphones, tablets, or other communication devices with six months to five years in jail, in addition to a fine ranging from MAD 5,000-100,000. The candidates are also prevented from taking the exams for two years.

In 2016, the Ministry of Education prosecuted more than 3,048 cases of baccalaureate cheating. To fight this phenomenon, the ministry recently installed classroom cameras to raise awareness of the graveness of the act and to encourage a fair environment for the exams.

Unfortunately, the measure is not implemented in all educational institutions, due to cost restrictions.

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