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Panel to check ‘Hi-Tech’ exam cheating

Education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam instructed Commissioner General of Examinations M. N. J. Pushpakumara to appoint a panel of experts who could advise on methods to prevent ‘Hi-Tech’ ways of cheating in Exams, yesterday.

High-tech methods used to cheat at exams came to light recently when Police arrested a student, his father and a private tuition teacher, after several parents complained that a handout distributed near a leading school in Gampaha by the said tuition teacher immediately after the second A/L Chemistry question paper contained several questions that appeared in the paper which was just concluded.

Later, it transpired that the father of the student had paid the tuition teacher to help his son at the exam and the student had carried a high-tech device into the exam hall and used it to both leak the questions to his teacher outside and seek answers from him in the same manner.

The expert panel to be appointed shortly will include experts who have a thorough knowledge of examination laws, as well as IT and high-tech equipment, the Education ministry said.