Vietnam inspectors want rectors removed after exam scandal

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Education inspectors in northern Vietnam have asked the Bac Giang province government to punish two high school rectors for allowing rampant cheating during the recent national high school exam.

The inspectors from Bac Giang Department of Education and Training also required the dismissal of six teachers who directly delivered cheat sheets to students at Doi Ngo Private High School, Tuoi Tre reported Monday.

They suggested that the department demote Nguyen Duc Don, rector of Ly Thuong Kiet High School in the province and chief supervisor at Doi Ngo School during the three-day exam ending June 4.

And they suggested the department no longer recognize rector Dao Van Moc from Doi Ngo School, who was vice chief supervisor of the exam at the school. Vietnam's education authorities appoint rectors at public high schools and recognize those at private ones.

12 videos taken by two students from two exam rooms at the school have been posted on the internet, showing the students freely exchanging answers and copying answers from cheat sheets provided by Doi Ngo teachers and other employees.

Though cheating on tests for all six major subjects is revealed by the videos from two exam rooms, the inspection's official report only mentioned math and chemistry sessions from one room.

It said the cheating was "well-planned" and "well-organized".

The inspectors found Nguyen Dang Chinh, an employee of the school, had taken the exam's questions out of the rooms and given them to the school's chemistry teacher Dinh Van Dat and math teacher Nguyen Thi Ngan for them to solve.

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Nguyen Van Dung, an accountant, made copies of the answers, which were delivered to the students in the rooms by Nguyen Kim Thoa, an employee, and Le Thi Hai, a teacher.

Hai also collected the cheat sheets at the end of each exam session, the videos showed.

The six are facing dismissal decisions.

Twenty one other teachers directly supervising the exam rooms at the school received rebukes for allowing the corruption to happen under their noses.

The Bac Giang education department had asked teachers in charge of marking papers from the school to ignore answers the students copied from each other and the cheat sheets.

Do Ngoc Son, a student who recorded the cheating, was also rebuked for using camera pens that are banned from exam rooms in Vietnam.

But by exposing the wrongdoings, the student has saved himself from further punishment like having his papers canceled, said Nguyen Duc Hien, director of Bac Giang Department of Education and Training.

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