CAIRO: Those who leak exam scores will face a year in prison as well as fines between 20,000 – 50,000 EGP, according to a law issued Wednesday by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
The decision was agreed upon by the former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab in August; it aims to combat breaching of examination and achieve equality among students.
The punishment stipulated in the decision is for those who “print, publish, broadcast, or promote using any medium, any questions or answers to the exams that belong to any of the education phases, public or private, while exams arebeing held with the intention of cheating or disrupting the exams.”
The violation will face the same punishment whether the cheating occurred inside exam rooms or outside.
During the past few years, examination papers for different school grades have been leaked on social media pages, as students usually sneak their mobile phones into exam classes, take photos of the exams sheets and send them through Facebook pages to receive answers.
A Facebook page called “Shawmeng Helps High School Students Cheat” has leaked almost all final exams of the Thanaweya Amma (high schools) last academic year. A crackdown by the government has been mounted against such pages, arresting a number of alleged members of them.
The Ministry has also banned students from entering with their phones into the exam classes.