Jul 15, 2019 / 15:21

Exam cheating provinces record worst results in 2019 high school exam

The Hanoitimes - Son La, Ha Giang and Hoa Binh are among the 10 provinces with lowest average scores for mathematics, literature, foreign languages, physics, chemistry, history, geography, and civil education.

The 2019 exam’s average score of mathematics, foreign language, history, and geography in three northern mountainous provinces marred with exam cheating scandal in 2018 has been the worst of the nation’s 63 provinces and cities, said the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) on July 14.
 
Illustrative photo. Source: Internet
Illustrative photo. Source: Internet
Statistics showed that, except biology, the names of Son La, Ha Giang and Hoa Binh are among the 10 provinces with lowest average score for mathematics, literature, foreign languages, physics, chemistry, history, geography, and civil education. These are the three localities where college entrance exam frauds were committed in 2018.

Of 8,950 students from Hoa Binh province, only 2,800 scored mark 8 or higher (of the 10-point scale). 

Only 1,660 of more than 10,550 candidates in Son La province scored
mark 8 or higher. 

None of Ha Giang’s 5,150 candidates was given mark 10. Only about 1,040 earned mark 8 or higher.

In 2018, the average score of nine subjects of the contestants from Ha Giang, Son La and Hoa Binh was also low, ranking among the five provinces and cities in the country with lowest exam score. However, the number students scoring 8 or higher was abnormally high. Thus, the MoET appraised and uncovered the exam frauds.

Vietnamese authorities have imposed severe punishments against wrongdoers in exam cheating scandal in the northern mountainous provinces after as it caused much public indignation.

The scam was only found out after Hoa Binh and Son La were among the provinces in the country having the highest percentage of students scoring mark 9 or higher in mathematics in 2018 high school exams. 

The number was much higher than the national average and the average of localities which have historically performed better in these kinds of exam.

The results of the exams are used for university admission.

Some 20 education officials and police officers of the three provinces have been prosecuted.