CAIRO: Egypt’s cabinet ordered the formation of a ministerial committee to prevent exam leaks from emerging next year, Education Minister Al Helaly al Sherbiny announced Wednesday.
In a press conference following the cabinet’s weekly meeting, Sherbiny said the committee will develop a new plan that aims to change the way exam question papers are transported throughout Egypt.
The committee will be formed of representatives from the ministries of education, interior, defense and justice, he said.
The decision comes after several Thanawya Amma (high school diploma) examination papers were leaked on social networking websites.
Twelve officials from the Education Ministry were detained Monday pending investigations into the exam leaks, Youm7 reported.
In order to curb the phenomenon, a law, imposing prison sentences and fines ranging from 20,000 – 30,000 EGP (2,200 – $3,300 approx.), was issued last year to deter those who leak exams either through printing, broadcasting or any other means of publication.
The Thanawya Amma represents the bottleneck for joining a university as the results determine the career of every student; thus parents often hire private tutors to help them prepare for the exams.