Students filming Egypt's Thanaweya Amma exam for Facebook identified: Ministry

Habiba Hamdy , Sunday 9 Jul 2023

The Ministry of Education and Technical Education has swiftly identified students involved in two recent instances of cheating on the Thanaweya Amma exams in which they used mobile phones to film the exams for social media.

File Photo: A Secondary school exam (Photo: Al-Ahram)


In a statement on Sunday, the ministry confirmed that a student – “YH” – had been identified after he was caught filming an English language exam on Thursday in Menoufiya governorate.

The student allegedly posted a video showing his answer sheet and the exam's proctor, as well as another student using a mobile phone. Although the video was deleted shortly after, it had already spread widely on social media platforms and cheating groups.

The student’s mobile phone was confiscated and a report was filed to document the incident. The necessary legal actions will be taken against the student according to relevant laws and ministerial decrees, the ministry said.

The ministry also referred the exam's proctors to its headquarters for investigation, Sunday's statement said.

In a separate statement, the ministry confirmed that another student – “HM” – had been identified after she was caught using her mobile phone to take a photo of answer sheet during an English language exam in Cairo.

The student’s mobile phone was also confiscated, the statement noted.

‘Necessary legal actions’

During a tour in Sohag on Sunday, Minister of Education Reda Hegazy affirmed that any student who is caught cheating will have their answer sheets corrected by a special committee. He emphasized that the ministry has all the tools necessary to track videos on social media.

He added that any student who is identified by the Electronic Cheating Detection team using a mobile phone will have their device confiscated, and a report will be filed to document the incident.

The necessary legal actions will be taken against the student, he said.

This law imposes a prison term of between two and seven years, along with fines ranging from EGP 100,000-200,000 for those involved in printing, publishing, broadcasting, or promoting exam questions, answers, or evaluation systems with the intention of cheating or disrupting the examination system.

In a separate incident on Sunday, students were caught attempting to photograph exam questions in the bathroom of a testing center in Zagazig, Sharqia governorate. The accused individuals will be charged with violating the integrity of the examinations, Ahram Arabic news website reported.‎

The Thanaweya Amma exams, taken by approximately 783,025 students, serve as a standardized assessment for completing secondary education and qualifying for university admission based on grades. The exams commenced on 12 June and will continue until 15 July.

New measures have been implemented this year, as announced in April, including personalized barcodes on exam sheets to confirm ownership and deter cheating.

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