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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 July 2018

Investigation into mass cheating by pupils in Dubai under way

According to reports, pictures of the Grade 12 maths exam were shared on a WhatsApp group by pupils

The Ministry of Education is investigating a case of cheating by pupils who took photos of a Grade 12 maths exam and shared it on WhatsApp. Randi Sokoloff for The National
The Ministry of Education is investigating a case of cheating by pupils who took photos of a Grade 12 maths exam and shared it on WhatsApp. Randi Sokoloff for The National

An investigation into a case of mass cheating by pupils who leaked a copy of an end-of-year exam last week in Dubai is under way.

According to reports, pictures of the Grade 12 maths exam were shared on a WhatsApp group by pupils moments after they sat down for the exam. The aim was to have pupils not sitting the exam send answers to the questions pictured.

The leak also showed that pupils had managed to sneak a mobile phone, that are not permitted during exams, into the test room.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Education said it was looking into the incident and would take into consideration the interests of the pupils involved.

An official at the Ministry said an investigation to determine the identities of the pupils who leaked the exam paper were under way and that action would be taken against them, reported Emarat Alyoum.

The following day, the Ministry issued a statement on Instagram warning pupils against cheating.

"It is prohibited to photo-copy or share the exam paper before or after an exam through e-mail, social media or by any means," the statement read, warning of legal action should a pupil break the rules.

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