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Investigation into school's 'help' for students in O-NET

Feb 01. 2015
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By The Nation

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AN INTERNAL inquiry by the National Institute of Educational Testing Service is underway into allegations that an observer taking part in the Ordinary National Educational Test (O-NET) at a school on Saturday was ordered by executives of that school to hi
Responding to the issue, which became known via a web-board post, NIETS director Assoc Prof Sampan Panpurk said yesterday he would not comment further until initial findings into the allegation were known, but insisted on NIETS’ policy to prevent exam cheating and corruption.
The issue emerged from a post by a man who said his girlfriend, acting as an observer of the nationwide O-NET test at an unnamed school, was called to a meeting where the director and a few seniors asked her “for a favour” in the maths exam at the sixth grade level, because students at the school were very weak academically.
“This request was made from up above,” the teachers were quoted as telling the woman, according to her boyfriend’s post. The man said his girlfriend was pressured and later agreed to comply, and that she noticed that many students were still unable to read comprehensively. She later took notes on what really happened in her report. The students admitted to her that teachers hinted answers to a few questions in the exam, but after she talked with others in the afternoon, they told her that answers to some questions were hinted for all five subjects, said the man. 

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