The number represents a 24.8 percent decrease, possibly owing to the awareness campaigns and administrative measures undertaken by the region.
The regional academy added that this year’s examination took place in “normal conditions” of transparency and fairness, in accordance with the law on the suppression of cheating in school exams.
According to the regional academy, a total of 58,537 students in 7 provincial directorates sat for the exams.
The number of students of literature was 16,113, students of science was 19,924, and students from technical branches was 4,704.
AREF also underscored the efforts of educational managers and teachers overseeing the exams and school administrations.
In Morocco, 329,395 students took the baccalaureate final exam.
The ministry stated that it recorded 1,267 cases of cheating across the country; 86 percent of which occurred through the use of mobile phones.
During the weekly cabinet meeting Thursday, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani explained that the baccalaureate cheating rate has dropped by 20 percent compared to 2017, when it fell by 60 percent compared to 2016.