242 Arrested for Cheating in Morocco Amid 2023 Baccalaureate Exam

242 Arrested for Cheating in Morocco Amid 2023 Baccalaureate Exam

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

In a revealing investigation into this year’s baccalaureate exam period, the Moroccan police have brought to light the extensive scope of cheating that transpired.

The nationwide operations, conducted in tandem with the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance, amid the exam period from June 6 to 10, resulted in the arrest of 242 individuals, including seven minors. All are suspected of having either partaken in or facilitated acts of cheating during these important exams.

The suspects are thought to have utilized unauthorized wireless communication tools to aid in cheating during the exams. Moreover, instances of exam paper leaks and their dissemination on social media platforms were discovered.

The police also confiscated a significant number of electronic devices believed to have been used in these malpractices, including 177 mobile phones, 148 “VIP” type wireless communication cards, 93 headphones, 426 mini batteries, and 16 laptops. Monetary proceeds suspected to be from these illicit activities were also seized.

The Moroccan baccalaureate exam, known locally as the “Bac”, is a highly significant national exam that determines the academic future of high school students.

It is a national exam administered at the end of high school, and passing it is required to gain university admission. The exam covers multiple subjects, including mathematics, sciences, humanities, and languages, depending on the chosen major.

Students usually take the exam at the age of 17 or 18 and it is often considered one of the most challenging academic hurdles for Moroccan students. The results of the baccalaureate exam significantly influence university options and future career opportunities for students.