Police are investigating how a number of students at a Sakhnin high school got
their hands on a copy of the math matriculation (bagrut) exam before it was
distributed to students on Sunday.
A spokesman for the Education Ministry
told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the copy of the test arrived at the
school an hour before the exam was scheduled to start, in keeping with normal
Shortly thereafter, a teacher reportedly saw a student walking
in a corridor with a copy of the test.
The teacher questioned the student
and later turned the matter over to police, who reportedly called in four
students for questioning.
Last May, the special fraud investigative unit
of the Israel Police opened a probe following the leak of the mathematics
section of the matriculation exam, which had been posted on
After the leak was noticed, the Education Ministry replaced
questions for all exam levels, and distributed the new test questions on a
website where school principals were able to download them for their
Problems arose when, with the test only a half-hour away, the
system crashed as 900 school principals tried to log on and download the test at
the same time. As a result, hundreds of schools across Israel had to hold the
timed exam after a significant delay.