Investigation into exam leaks referred to State Security prosecution

Sunday 26-06-2016 09:13 PM

Students take their general secondary exams in Gamal Abdel Nasser school in Dokki. Aswat Masriya/ June 2016

CAIRO, Jun 26 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt’s top prosecutor referred on Sunday an investigation into cases of reported leaks of high school exams to State Security prosecution.

Typically, State Security prosecutors look into cases that affect national security.

The public prosecution explained the decision to refer the case to this branch of the prosecution in a statement, saying that the repercussions of leaking exams affect the state’s supreme interests.

Earlier on Sunday, the Ministry of Education cancelled the dynamics exam for the general secondary certificate (Thanaweya Amma), after the exam's questions were reportedly leaked. The ministry rescheduled the exam for July 2. 

Since the beginning of the Thanaweya Amma exam season, several cases of exam leaks, mostly via social media networks, have been reported.

Early in June, the Thanaweya Amma religion exam was leaked, prompting the ministry to cancel and postpone the exam to June 29.

Following the incident, the prosecution ordered the detention of a number of Ministry of Education officials over accusations of leaking exam questions.

The interior ministry also said it arrested a number of students for running Facebook pages that leak exam questions and answers. 

The Thanaweya Amma exams are held in the final year of Egypt's secondary education stage before students are set to enrol in university.

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