Up to 5 Years in Jail for Cheating in Morocco’s Final High...

Up to 5 Years in Jail for Cheating in Morocco’s Final High School Exam

Moroccan students taking the final high school exam, well-known locally as the baccalaureate exam. Image for illustration purposes only.

It does not matter if you are still a minor. As the final high school exam draws near, the Moroccan authorities have implemented strict penalties to deter cheating and maintain the credibility of the examination process. The Ministry of National Education has introduced a new measure by asking candidates for the baccalaureate exams to download a commitment form, in which they must declare that they read and are aware of the laws and regulations regarding exam fraud and the resulting sanctions. The form must then be duly authenticated by a local law enforcement officer, commonly known as a ‘Qaed’.

Monetary Fines: The Moroccan legal system imposes significant financial penalties for individuals found guilty of exam fraud. According to Law No. 13.02, offenders can face fines ranging from 5,000 to 100,000 dirhams. The exact amount of the fine depends on the severity of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the cheating.

Jail Sentences: In addition to monetary fines, those convicted of cheating in Morocco’s final high school exam may also face imprisonment. According to the same legal provision, the penalties for exam fraud include jail sentences ranging from six months to five years. The duration of the sentence depends on the nature and extent of the cheating, as well as any aggravating factors involved.

The Moroccan Times.