OP-ED

Cheating Is Assassination for Generations’ Future

Asma al-Mohattwari

Imbalance security situation accompanied the General Certificate exams in Yemen lead the government to mobilize 30 thousand troops to secure the conduct of examinations and prevent cheating for the primary and secondary school, which began on Tuesday, June 10th, in all provinces in the country.

The present of 30 thousand troops didn’t prevent the student from cheating but this time in a new way through the communication technology Whats App. November 30 center in Sana’a governorate three cheating cases were found one was cheating through Whats App and two by impersonate another names in the same center

Secondary school stage considered as the most important phase of education because it is the basic block to build the students future. This year carries their hopes, aspirations, dreams and visions. Unfortunately, some students take cheating as a way of success and their parents help them through the payment of money or through the putting pressure on the members of the committees test and even the use of force if the need arises. The strange thing is that the parents’ fingers point to the neglect of the school, forgetting their important role in education for caring and communicating with the educational institution for the protection of children and society.

Mahmod Saleh, father, said that their children are having exams under a very difficult situations no electricity, clashes everywhere and no transportation because of the lack of oil. “The atmosphere didn’t encourage them to do their best so they go to cheat.”

Teacher Samira Ali said that students cheat because they don’t have anyone to aware them that cheating may damage their future.

Ministry of education confirmed that they really put strong strategies to prevent any obstacles that may students face. The Ministry was keen to minimize the differences between the samples of questions on tests that were provided to students, was committed the curriculum, and limited typographical errors that were occurring in the model tests.

Shukri al-Hamami, the General Director of Exams in the Ministry of Education, said that primary and secondary students who applied for ministerial exams for the academic year 2013-2014 totaled 585,619, including students in the sciences and arts. The students in the science section were 137,817 male and 81,793 female, while 10,926 male and 14,511 female students were in the arts. The students in the preparatory school were 13,1340. The number of exam centers for the preparatory and high school exams were 4,805; 1,243 centers for science students and 287 for art students. The number of exam centers for preparatory students were 3,275.The Ministry set up four models of questions for high school and three for preparatory schools.