(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Ministry of Education website crashed Tuesday afternoon just as the mathematics Bagrut (matriculation) exam began, making it difficult for students to download the test.
The exam was slated to begin in 15:30 and on 18:00. Students have been notified about the delay, and the ministry has activated a backup system to deal with the situation.
The Ministry of Education has awarded additional time to the students who began the first exam late, and have pushed off the subsequent exams by one hour.
Teachers and school principals around the country were supposed to use
the website to download a new password protected version of the exam.
The change was necessary after Channel 1 revealed on Sunday that a copy
of the test was leaked to a student, who paid NIS 1,000 for it. The
ministry filed a complaint with the Police and announced that the exam
will not take place as scheduled.
Due to the inadequate precautions, the ministry website was not able to
handle the heavy load of users trying to download the test, and the
website crashed only half an hour after the document became available
online and half an hour before the exam was set to begin.