Amid reports that some students are allegedly resorting to online cheating, the Department of Education (DepEd) said that it will not tolerate such practice and has sought the assistance of authorities on the matter.
“We will take steps and we already are in touch with the appropriate authorities because we will not tolerate it, at least, in education,” said Education Secretary Leonor Briones in a televised briefing on Sept. 20.
Over the weekend, a Facebook group called “Online Kopyahan” gathered media attention because it was used to leak answers from online learning tests, exams, and modules and provided answers to questions for different subjects and grade levels.
The said group has almost 700,000 members before it became inaccessible.
Meanwhile, Briones noted that the question of cheating is not exclusive to education.
“Hindi lamang sa eksamen sa edukasyon at question ‘yan sa buong lipunan ng Pilipinas (This is not only in the exams in education, this question covers the whole Philippine society),” Briones said.
She added that the the question of cheating in schools is a “lingering” issue.
“I’m not justifying it, I’m saying that it is there and we will not tolerate it,” she added.
While cheating it’s “human nature itself,” Briones said that this will not be tolerated by DepEd “because it is there.”
Briones said that DepEd is currently looking into such reports of alleged online cheating. “We are now seeking the assistance of the authorities and tracing [this],” she said.
In DepEd’s self-learning modules (SLMs), Briones said that there are keys for the answered questions. Kung na-leak ba ‘yan or napunta sa mga estudyante o nagkopyahan, kailangang imbestigahin natin ‘yan (If it was leaked or passed on to students or copied, we need to investigate that),” she added.
In relation to this, Briones called on the significant adults to the “best teachers of honesty” to students.