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Ahead of the tests to be administered this summer, the Education Ministry
announced this week that it plans to implement new measures designed to increase
supervision over and prevent cheating on the high school matriculation
Among the procedures, the exam department of the ministry will
increase control of matriculation exam notebook packaging and coding in order to
prevent their replacement or removal outside of the classroom. The ministry also
intends to make use of innovative technology to disrupt cellular communication
during exam sessions.
Education Minister Shai Piron announced that the
ministry intends to conduct public information campaigns in schools across the
country to ensure test integrity. The ministry will also address the need to
help build trust between teachers and students.
Dalit Stauber, the
directorgeneral of the ministry, said that cheating is an “unacceptable and
disturbing phenomenon,” stressing that the ministry “will not compromise on the
integrity of exams and [will] take severe measures against any kind of
Stauber said, however, that the majority of Israeli students
do respect testing procedures while maintaining integrity and
“In the education system, we are committed to the future of our
children and to strictly adhere to values and morals,” she said.
an exam is an act of fraud and violates parity and the values by which we want
society to operate.
Therefore, we have to act firmly to eradicate this
phenomenon,” the director-general said.
The ministry pointed out that
according to recent figures, the number of matriculation exam notebooks
disqualified on grounds of cheating has declined between 2007 and 2011.
Gathering figures for 2012 is “still in progress.”
In 2007, out of
1,464,859 matriculation exam notebooks, 11,401 were disqualified.
number only declined by some 100 notebooks every year since, but it dropped in
2011 to 8,840 disqualified notebooks out of 1,333,764.
ministry policy, cheating on an matriculation exam may result in a suspension of
up to three years from taking the exam, depending on the seriousness of the