No restrictions on handling of exam fraud: Deputy PM

All individuals and organizations involved in last year’s university admissions scandal must be held liable, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, adding there are no restrictions on the handling of the scam.


Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at a question-and-answer session at the National Assembly’ today, June 4 - PHOTO: QUOCHOI.VN

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at a question-and-answer session at the National Assembly’ today, June 4 - PHOTO: QUOCHOI.VN

Addressing a question-and-answer session at the National Assembly’s seventh sitting today, June 4, Binh said that after having been informed that many students in three northern upland provinces, Son La, Ha Giang and Hoa Binh, had their high school exam scores illegally revised up to qualify for university admissions, the prime minister immediately ordered the Ministry of Public Security to launch an investigation into the case and impose heavy sanctions on violators, the local media reporetd.
At a recent Cabinet meeting, the prime minister told the Ministry of Education and Training to ensure the transparency and success of this year’s high school exam.
Both parents and educators involved should be held responsible as parents wanted their children to be qualified for top-notch universities, so they sought to get help from teachers and educators in charge of organizing the exam and marking test papers, Binh added.
As for the investigations, Minister of Public Security To Lam said 16 teachers and education officials have been prosecuted and detained. They were charged with abusing their power to correct students’ test papers and revise up their scores to the desired levels.
Investigators also found that 214 students were helped to have higher scores, including 66 in Hoa Binh, 107 in Ha Giang and 44 in Son La.
The ministry will continue the probe of the case to see whether parents had given bribes, Minister Lam added.
The local police have been in charge of the investigations. As for the case in Hoa Binh, the province proposed the ministry conduct an investigation.
NA deputy Nguyen Anh Tri from Hanoi City asked the minister to thrash out measures to ensure the transparency of high school exams.
Minister Lam said the Ministry of Education and Training should be responsible for the job. However, the Ministry of Public Security will closely coordinate with the Ministry of Education and Training to prevent such fraud.

The Saigon Times Daily

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