Cheating Reported as Unified State Exams Begin

Cheating Reported as Unified State Exams Begin

Published: May 29, 2013 (Issue # 1761)

MOSCOW — The first wave of the Unified State Exam began on Monday as students all across the country sat the Russian-language portion of the exam. Already there have already been reports of cheating.

Students in Russia’s Far East completed the exam earlier today and photos of exam answer sheets have been published on a number of online resources.

They are hidden under random names, and in order to access the answer page, users need to send their phone number or download a program. However, several photo answer pages are available to the general public, RIA-Novosti reported.

All instances of online answer publication are tracked and sent to the State Examination Commission, said Ekaterina Sheglenko from the Primorye region’s Education and Science Department.

“If it is confirmed that there are indeed cases of cheating, usually in an hour or two we can establish the identity of the offender. Then the commission decides whether to annul the results without the possibility to retake the exam,” she added.

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