CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior has closed a number of Facebook pages that were leaking high school and Azhar final exams over the past weeks, according to a Tuesday statement by the ministry.
The statement did not specify the names of the closed pages. The ministry has previously announced arresting at least nine people accused of running these pages.
Protesting Egypt’s educational system, Facebook pages have been created to help more than 800,000 students nationwide cheat on final exams, claiming they will keep doing this until the ministry of education fulfills their demands to “improve education in Egypt.”
These pages leak exams a few minutes after they start. One of these Facebook pages, called “Shawmeng helps High School students cheat,” has more than 300,000 likes, and is still online.
Thanaweya Amaa is the gateway to universities, as each college accepts a student based on certain limits of his scores at the Thanaweya Amma standardized tests. Egyptian students view the Thanaweya Amaa exams as fateful for their academic and professional careers.
The Thanaweya Amma system is a source of anxiety for parents, too. The scene of parents standing for hours outside schools waiting for their sons coming out of the exams is frequent in Egypt.
Some 34 students have fainted inside exam rooms, the Ministry of Health stated June 10.
Students were arrested with cell phones hidden in underpants, earphones, glasses installed with micro cameras and visa cards used in cheating.
High –tech cheating in Thanaweya Amma final exams is not new; the education incorporated this year the usage of security wand metal detectors to search students before entering the exam, in order to make sure that they have no smart phones or Bluetooth earphones.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Rady