Officials sacked over Kuwait exam cheating scandal

Education officials removed, forced to resign after several cases of leaked exam papers

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

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A senior Ministry of Education official in Kuwait and a raft of school staff, including a school director, have been sacked or forced to resign over an exam cheating scandal.

The national heads of each school subject will be forced to retire and will be replaced by senior supervisors in a major shake-up of the education sector, Minister of Education and Higher Education, Nayef Al-Hajraf, announced on Saturday.

Al-Hajraf also accepted the resignation of his assistant undersecretary for public education, Mohammed Al-Kanadari, and the governorate educational area director, Yosra Al-Omar.

The job losses come after a series of incidents during the country’s recent end of year school exam period, including several cases of cheating and leaked exam papers.

Al-Hajraf said during the first week of the exams, two Kuwaiti education employees sent the answers to paper one of a grade 12 French test to some students through their mobile phones, according to Kuwait Times.

“Both employees were fired after the investigations,” Al-Hajraf said.

A 45-second video also had emerged showing chaos during a grade 11 Arabic test at Ahmed Al-Beshr Al-Roumi Secondary School after two teachers left the exam unsupervised.

Al-Hajraf sad both teachers and the ward supervisor were fired, the school director was forced to retire and both of his assistants were suspended in response to the incident.

An expatriate female geology teacher in Jahra also has been fired for giving exam answers she had received from the control centre to some students.

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