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Ethiopia; Higher Education Entrance Exam Cancelled And Postponed

A few blank sheets ready for been filled in a exam.

The Higher education entrance exam, an exam taken by 12th graders in order to determine entrance into tertiary education scheduled to take place as of Monday 30th May, has been cancelled by the Federal Ministry of Education (MoE) after the exam papers have been leaked ahead of time.

The MoE as well as the state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) had initially denied claims of exam leakages running around social media and stated that they will proceed as per their schedule.

However, the ministry later said that it has confirmed the English paper code 12 has been leaked. And “after a cross check we have decided to terminate the whole exam since we had no evidence that the other exams were safe,” Shiferaw Shigute, Minister of MoE, reported state-affiliated Fana BC reported. The ministry maintained that it has an alternative plan for the exams.

Education Minister Shiferaw Shigute told journalists that the Ministry has plan B exam questions already in place for possible mass cheating and mischievous acts like this one.

“Students should not be nervous rather keep on studying until new schedule is arranged,” he noted.

“The Ministry has learnt that code 12 English subject exam was released online. The unfaithful might have done that but, it is academic dishonesty and illegal practice which made the efforts of thousands of students meaningless. The act should be labeled as a theft.

Currently, The Minister noted that students and families need to wait until the Ministry announces another schedule for the exam.

Conjunctive effort of all stakeholders in the education sector is vital to halt cheating in examinations. It was learnt that 254,000 students were registered for the exam that was slated for May 30-June 2, 2016.

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