The Education Ministry announced on Wednesday that it had issued new regulations dealing with the writing of matriculation exams in the summer, in a bid to prevent exam questions being leaked and posted on social media.
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Such leaks have occurred four times this year already, the most recent being the the English-language exam which turned up on social media earlier this week.
From this summer, students will be required to enter the examination room 45 minutes before the exam begins and teachers are obliged to ensure that they don’t bring prohibited materials into the room.
Until now, students came to school about half-an-hour before an exam and were not required to enter the classroom immediately.
The exam papers will be sent to the schools over the Internet 45 minutes before the exam begins. A school official will photocopy the questionnaire, attach the necessary appendix and hand the forms out to the students.
Schools have been instructed to acquire photocopy machines and sufficient paper to make copies of the exams, the ministry said.
“Over the past weeks, we have seen criminal behavior on the part of a handful of outlaws,” said Education Ministry director general Michal Cohen. “This handful stops at nothing to achieve its goal – leaking the matriculation exams and harming the entire education system.”
She said the new regulations will require schools, local authorities and other bodies to prepare differently for the exams and to cooperate in making sure that students write the exams on schedule and without cheating.