Despite arrests, Egypt's high school French, Spanish and Economics exams leaked online

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Jun 2016

Recent arrests included Facebook page administrators and Ministry of Education officials

A high school student sits for an exam (Al-Ahram)
File photo: A high school student sits for an exam (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's high school final French, Spanish and Economics exams were leaked online early Thursday, several news websites reported.

The Facebook page "The Revolution of Corrupted Education" published the French language exam  as well its model answers, as verified by Ahram Online.

The Spanish language and Economics exams were also leaked with model answers on other Facebook pages.

These are latest exams to be leaked since the start of the high school "Thanaweya Amma" exams started earlier this month.  

Ministry of Education officials told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that if the French, Spanish and Economics exams were proven to be leaked the exams would be annulled and new exams would be set. 

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced in the past few week the arrest of the administrators of several Facebook pages used to publish leaked high school exams and their answers.

Earlier this week, the ministry announced that its investigations reached to education ministry officials in the ministry printing house. The prosecution ordered the detention of said officials for 15 days pending investigations. 

The general secondary certificate — essentially concluding high school — previously covered a period of two years before it was changed to one year in 2013.

Grades from the Thanaweya Amma exams determine students' university prospects and thus are often a source of stress and pressure for pupils and family alike.

The leaking of the exams for the fourth year in a row was the top trending topic on Egyptian social media, with the prevalence of smart phones seen as facilitating the leaks.

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