Two education officials found guilty of altering exam results

DUBAI —The Ministry of Education (MoE) has found two officials of the Sharjah Educational Zone (EZ) guilty of altering the test results of two 10th Grade students of Al Batayeh School to help them pass the exams and cleared the zone’s Deputy Director of the same charges.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Tue 13 Feb 2007, 9:15 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:30 AM

About a month ago, the MoE received a complaint from a teacher at the school that the principal colluded with the exams coordinator in the EZ under the directives of the Deputy Director to alter the test results of the two students who failed the retest at the end of the last academic year.

Despite the fact that the incident took place more than five months ago and the complaint letter was not signed by its sender, the Minister of Education ordered an investigation into the matter.

The committee entrusted with the probe confirmed that the grades were indeed altered after the files were sent to the EZ. During questioning, the principal admitted to receiving instructions from the EZ Deputy Director to award the students pass marks. But the Deputy Director contended that she gave directions only to study the case and not tamper with the marks.

During the investigation, the MoE decided to issue a decree suspending the three officials from December 17 to January 17, while holding back half of their salaries for the period.

On completion of the probe, the ministry ordered that 15 days’ pay be deducted from the principal’s monthly salary and the latter be transferred to an administrative position in any EZ.

The penalties for the exam coordinator included five days’ salary deduction and a transfer from his current position to either an MoE office or any other EZ.

Although the Educational Zone Deputy Director was cleared of the charges, it was recommended that she should receive a notice. She is reportedly mulling legal action against the ministry.

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