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Grading of Baccalaureate Exams Starts on Friday: Ministry

By Safaa Kasraoui

Rabat - Morocco's national 2017 baccalaureate examination period finished on Thursday June 8 and the process of marking the papers began on Friday June 9.

Earlier this week, The Ministry of Education revealed that 40,000 teachers would correct approximately 3.6 million exam papers.

The ministry also affirmed that cases of fraud detected by correctors would be subject to disciplinary penalties included under Law number 02.13. This law was issued in the Official Gazette by the ministry in November 2016 in order to prevent fraud cases during exams.

The ministry added that a mark of zero will be awarded to any exam taker who cheated, and all grades taken in any course taken during the 2016-17 school year will be annulled. Cheaters will be also excluded from passing the examination for two consecutive academic years.

On the second day of the exam period, several exams papers were leaked on social networks a few minutes after the start of the examination. Students who have been found to have copied answers from social networks will be also subjected to the disciplinary penalties.

The ministry recorded 496 fraud cases on the third day of the 2017 national baccalaureate examination. The number represents a 38 percent decrease of fraud cases from last year, when 802 fraud cases were recorded on the third day of the national exams.

The same source added that the rate of cheating in Morocco during the 2017 baccalaureate exams has dropped by 60 percent.

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