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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Cheating scandal inadvertently sparks national dialogue over nature of exams in Egypt

The Interior Ministry arrested the administrators of three Facebook pages it accuses of leaking Thanaweya Aama certificate exams after the English exam was leaked on Tuesday. The move follows the arrest of 12 Education Ministry officials and the administrator of the Shou Ming Cheats Facebook page over the spate of leaks that led authorities to cancel the religious studies final exam. The issue has been dominating local media, prompting Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to suggest a policy to clampdown on online leaks was in the works. Why is this even important? MPs have already begun proposing changing the nature of standardized testing in Egypt as a result of the scandal. Some have suggested amending the nature of exams away from pure memorization of facts to testing comprehension of subject matter. Other MPs have suggested open book exams and even online exams, Youm7 reported. Has this finally dawned on them?

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