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Cairo, July 11, 2018 (MENA) -- Egypt's Ministry of Education held on Thursday a press conference to announce Thanaweya Amma top students.  During the conference, Minister Tarek Shawki read out the names of the top achievers, lauding their ability to defy challenges.

Addressing the audience, Minister Shawki stressed the ministry's success in eliminating exam leaks. He pointed out the ministry took strict measures against cheaters including depriving them of the chance to sit for the exam for at least one year.

In a related context, Head of Egypt's Education Sector Reda Hegazi said the minister referred 58 students to public prosecution on charges of leaking parts of exams via social media.

 

CAIRO, July 1, 2018 (MENA) - Students who leaked Thanaweya Amma philosophy and logic exam were identified, said Reda Hegazi, chairman of the General Education Sector at the Education Ministry, on Sunday.

The students, residing in Dakahlia and Cairo governorates, posted some parts of the exam on social media websites 30 minutes after the start of the exam, Hegazi added.

The students will be referred to the prosecution over the leak, which is punishable by a fine and imprisonment.

In the past few years, Thanaweya Amma exams have been repeatedly leaked and shared on Facebook and WhatsApp.

Last year, Egypt's parliament approved amendments toughening the penalties for cheating and other exam violations, including publishing exam questions and papers and having mobile phones or other wireless devices in examination rooms.

Penalties for facilitating exam leaks include hefty fines of EGP 100,000-200,000 and jail terms between two and seven years.

More than 650,000 students are taking this year's tests.


CAIRO, June 24, 2018 (MENA) - Students in four Egyptian governorates have been arrested for leaking parts of Dynamics and Psychology exams of Thanaweya Amma, said Dr. Reda Hegazy, the chairman of the Public Education sector at the Ministry of Education.

The Dynamics exam leaks occurred in Beni Suef and Kafr El Sheikh, while Assiut and Giza witnessed the Psychology exam leaks, said Hegazy.

All leaks took place 20 minutes after the start of the exams, he noted.

CAIRO, June 21, 2018 (MENA) -- A pupil from Sharqiyah was caught on Thursday after publishing part of Thanawya Amma (General Secondary school Certificatel ) pure mathematics exam on social media websites.

In press statements, chief of the general educational sector and Thanwaeya Amma exams Reda Hegazy said that the pupil published part of the exam after 30 minutes of its start.

Egypt has enacted new amendments to a law toughening penalties for cheaters and troublemakers during school exams, especially the Thanawya Amma exams which determine the future of roughly half a million students every year.

Under the new amendments offenders especially those who print, publish, broadcast or promote exam questions and answers by any means could face two to seven year jail terms and a fine of LE 100,000 to 200,000.

CAIRO, June 7, 2018 (MENA) – Head of the Public Education Sector Reda Hegazy denied that the French language exam of Thanaweya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate), scheduled for Thursday, was leaked. 

Hegazy pointed out in a statement that the samples of questions posted on social media websites had nothing to do with the ministry's exam.

He added that the education ministry had contacted the printing press in charge of the exams to make sure that the French exam sheet had not been leaked.

CAIRO, June 5, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Education Ministry spokesman Ahmed Khairy refuted on Tuesday reports circulated by media outlets on the leak of parts of Thanaweya Amma's economics exam.

In press statements, the Head of the Public Education Sector and Head of the Thanaweya Amma Examinations, Dr. Reda Hegazi, denied as baseless the news.

He explained that the parts that had been posted on social media have nothing to do with the economics exam.

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