Answers To PNG National Math Exams Reportedly Sold On Street

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3-week national examination period kicks off under cloud

By Nellie Setepano

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 1, 2014) – Answers to mathematics examination questions were widely circulated yesterday as more than 50,000 Grade 10 students sat for their national examinations. The authenticity of the mathematic answers could not be confirmed as Education Department authorities declined to comment.

The three-week examinations started yesterday and mathematics was the first paper. It is understood the scammers started circulating copies of the mathematics answers last month through street sales. The Post-Courier is in receipt a copy of a text message containing what appeared to be correct answers to the mathematics paper.

The newspaper could not verify the authenticity of these answers with the education authorities concerned, the Measurement Services Unit. Officers at MSU refused to comment because the examinations are currently in progress.

There are also concerns raised on social media that a man selling examination papers recently was chopped at a school in Enga Province. Public concerns have been raised with Post- Courier that similar issues that had happened in previous years are being repeated this year.

The Post-Courier also understands in previous years, Grade 12 students in some schools in the highlands region reportedly bought answers for examination papers sold to them. These were investigated by national and provincial authorities although the result of the investigation was never made public nor the students involved penalised for cheating.

Describing the latest alleged leakage as damaging to the Education Department, concerned citizens in Port Moresby want this illegal activity to stop.

Two people in receipt of some of the examination answers told the Post-Courier that they did not circulate this to any student but wanted quick action to redress by the Education Department.

Also a man came forward claiming he witnessed the sale of these examination papers just next to Post-Courier office. Yesterday, attempts to get comments from Education Secretary Michael Tapo failed.

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