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The Haifa District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment for leaking
bagrut (matriculation) exam questions against three people, including a member
of the board that writes the exam questions, in the magistrate’s
Specifically, the leaked questions were from the math section of
the 2010 exam.
Rachel Kedem, 53, a member of the board for preparing the
exam questions, was the alleged “ringleader.” She was charged with illegally
revealing and distributing a classified document, in violation of an obligation
to maintain confidentiality and breach of trust.
Erez Cohen, 40, who ran
a service to assist students to prepare for the exams, was charged with
distributing a classified document, conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor,
assisting with fraudulent receipt of an item, assisting with breach of trust and
assisting with an attempt to fraudulently receive an item.
Rohovitz, 27, who allegedly assisted in finding students who wanted the exam
questions and in distributing the questions, was charged with distributing a
classified document, conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, soliciting to
fraudulently receive an item and assisting with an attempt to receive an item
The indictment said that Kedem was appointed to be a
member of the board for writing math exam questions on November 16,
While the alleged crimes began in 2009, the exam was set for May
After Kedem was appointed, she turned to Cohen for help with
writing the exam questions for which she was responsible, said the
Her alleged request for assistance with drafting questions
from someone outside of the system, let alone from a person providing a private
service, violated her confidentiality duties as a member of the
Cohen assisted Kedem in preparing the questions and Kedem passed
on Cohen’s questions to the secretary of the board who compiled questions from
all the board members, the indictment said.
According to the indictment,
upon receiving the compiled list of questions from the secretary, Kedem
forwarded the list to Cohen, requesting his comments.
Cohen scanned the
questions and forwarded them to Rohovitz so she could provide them to her
brother and others who were taking the exam, said the indictment.
indictment alleged that Rohovitz then contacted a person named Kfir, requesting
that he sell the questions to other exam-takers.
On May 23, 2010, the
Ministry of Education was notified that the math section questions had been
leaked and the ministry recollected all exams, which had already been mailed
out, and reprinted an entirely new exam for distribution.
damage to the ministry was NIS 4,442,584 and there was also indirect damage of
NIS 1.5 million.