Police Arrest Bands for Trading Exam Answer Keys
Kurdish security forces have detained a number of teachers and students suspected of removing grade 12 exams from schools the Kurdistan Region, as authorities investigate how the answer key to a national exam was leaked to social media earlier this week.
Head of the education directorate in Sulaimani, Dilshad Omer, told NRT on Thursday (June 9) that the group arrested had been accused of selling answer keys to the exam that stu- dents across the were set to take.
Similarly, Erbil police spokesman Hogir Aziz told NRT that forces in the Kurdistan Region’s capital city detained 10 students who attempted to photograph exam papers using mobile phones and other devices.
“The students agreed among themselves to take the exam sheets out,” Aziz said. “The students had mobile devices hidden in their shoes when they were ar- region rested.”
Aziz added that the group was later released on bail and that no teachers were part of that group.
The spokesman of Garmiyan district’s police force, Ali Jamal, said four teachers in that area were detained June 9 for taking part in a conspiracy to tamper with exams.
“The judge issued an arrest order for four teachers, including exam hall heads,” Jamal added. “The teachers, who are residents of Kifri and Kalar, have been suspended from their work.”
The Kurdistan Students Organization (KSO) announced on June 5 that copies of a grade 12 exam were posted to social media half an hour before the exam was scheduled to take place.
The general director of education in Sulaimaini confirmed on June 8 that copies of exams had been leaked before students began their exams.