Exam Fraud: All Rotterdam Diploma Presentations Postponed
THE HAGUE, 14/06/13 - Diploma presentations for all secondary schools in Rotterdam have been postponed. The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) must first establish the extent of the exam fraud at the Islamic school Ibn Ghaldoun.
"No further education final exam diplomas will be presented until end-June,” Rotterdam Education Alderman Hugo de Jonge announced Thursday. The decision was taken to give schools, teachers and parents the opportunity to look at whether individual pupils have committed fraud. “We want to prevent students obtaining a diploma to which they are actually not entitled.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the exam theft at Ibn Ghaldoun is even bigger than thought. According to the OM, not 15 but 24 exams were taken from a safe space there and sold on.
Because the exams for all pupils in the Netherlands are the same, where the stolen papers were distributed is being investigated. There are indications that pupils in Noord-Brabant bought the exams.
Remarkably, no teacher whatever remarked in any way on the theft. The exams were after all sealed. One of the three suspects is the 18 year old son of Hassan Bofarid, who was director of In Ghaldoun for years. He claims his son is innocent.
Exams at Ibn Ghaldoun have been interfered with before. Spokesman Bart Renders said Wednesday evening on TV programme Knevel & Van den Brink that in 2010, two lecturers were sacked because they filled in multiple choice questions correctly for pupils.