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Written By: Hasan
Article Date: June 30, 2008
The Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning Education Saylan Al-Sayri assured that cheating in exams has become a danger that threats the existing educational system and the future of the country.
Al-Sayri stressed that the educational process faces numerous dangers, hinting that it suffers from the absence of qualified teachers, low level school administrations, and the non-suitability of curricula.
He further indicated that 95,000 out of 215,000 teachers hold only secondary school certificates, hinting that there exists 15,000 schools nationwide having only 3,500 teachers with qualifications higher than secondary school certificates.
According to him, such reasons and several others have caused the collapse of the educational process and ingrained the cheating phenomenon, stressing that education offices and local councils are to blame.
He continued that some education office administrations allow teachers to give up teaching in return for taking half or part from their salaries, maintaining that there are over 8,000 teachers registered in Al-Jawf province while they do not work in its schools.
These statements come at a time when 307,887 9th grade students of basic education and 175,703 3rd grade secondary students are sitting for the final exams.
The exams are conducted amidst big crowds of relatives of the students in school yards or fences trying to help them pass the exams with higher marks, hoping they could secure scholarships.
In a study concerning cheating during 2006-2007 and conducted by Education Inspection Advisor Matri Saleh Al-Muntaser, the researcher noted that cheating occurred in most exam centers nationwide mainly by education officials and/or security committees in charge of protecting the exam centers.
The researcher added that cheating was accompanied with firing and amassing of relatives outside exam centers in Taiz, Amran and Sana'a, adding that some students refused to sit for exams in protest of having no subject teachers or books.
He also demanded canceling final secondary school exams and to allow teachers to run the whole process in order to save money, efforts and time.
Likewise, the research asked for setting no limit for joining government universities and institutes as well as military faculties, hinting that entrance exams can be conducted instead. It also asked for enacting the law against those who practice cheating.
The study mentioned that there are several reasons behind the rampage of cheating in secondary and basic education exams, emphasizing that high ranking officials take part in the process.
The study also assured that the success of students during the different grades before setting for final basic or secondary school certificates is a key reason for the spread of cheating; maintaining that only 20 to 30 percent would succeed in case transparent exams were conducted.
Studies further reveal that cheating during exams has been existent since the 1990s; however, there have been different sources and shapes for cheating. It started with allowing students to cheat during the last half of exam time, seeking help from outside the classes, and by time developed to leaking the exam questions to students.
Cheating has left behind bad consequences on students and the whole educational process that brings out weak outputs. It also helps fuel the violence inside schools as well as home-study.
The study continued that cheating has helped reduce the status of teachers who should be viewed as models by their students.Cheating phenomenon has been and still is a challenge for decision makers and a threat to present and future generations. For this, a scientific study on cheating phenomenon has been prepared and put before decision makers in the Ministry of Education, Anti-Corruption Committee and civil society organizations to come out with practical solutions that could save the educational process.