Three students of Dubai Modern High School hacked into their teacher’s computer and obtained question papers for the second term examinations, XPRESS reveal.
The grade eight student hackers have been suspended and an investigation is underway, the school has confirmed.
“GEMS can confirm that three Dubai Modern High School grade 8 students have admitted accessing question papers for internal school examinations which were subsequently shared with other students. The school is unaware of which students received the question papers so has decided to conduct a reassessment for students in the grade levels affected. GEMS takes the issue of cheating very seriously as it goes against the values that all GEMS students are taught in school. The three students involved have been suspended immediately pending the results of an investigation which is continuing,” a GEMS (Global Education Management System) spokesperson said in a statement issued to XPRESS.
A total of 120 students in different grade 8 batches have been affected by the question paper leak at the most expensive Indian school in the UAE. The GEMS-run school that offers pre-KG and KG-Grade 12 in CISCE curriculum charges tuition fees ranging from Dh26,000 (N1,114,679) to Dh42,000 (N1,802,123) per year. The school was ranked ‘outstanding’ in last year’s school inspections by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.
The grade eight students will have to sit for a re-examination. The new dates have not yet been announced by the school.
The incident was described as ‘shocking’ by many parents and students interviewed by XPRESS. “It was a shock! I still cannot believe that children of 13 or 14 years could do such a daring act,” a parent said. A student said the issue has become the topic of discussion in the whole school. “We started our exams on November 4 and the last exam was on November 22. We didn’t know what happened but after the principal’s announcement, everyone is talking about it. I don’t know who the hackers are or who got suspended, but they must be tech-savvy to hack into the school’s IT system,” the student said. Another expatriate whose child is studying in grade eight said she was disappointed that the students have to redo the examination for no fault of theirs.
“He had studied so hard for the exam. Now we are obviously disappointed that he has to sit for the exam all over again. An announcement was made at the school that the question papers were leaked and hence a reassessment will be done. That seems to be the best available option now,” the mother of a grade eight student said.
A teaching staff at the Modern High School, on condition of anonymity, said they have not yet been able to assess whether the students hacked the computer from within the campus or from any other location outside. “We do not know how many students have gained access to the question papers. We cannot take their statements on face value. So the school has decided to withhold the results,” a high-school teacher said. [GN]
BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).
The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.
Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.
He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.
Exemption Of ASUU From IPPIS Temporary — Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the Federal Government’s proposal to exempt members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is a temporary measure.
He explained on Saturday that this measure was pending the conclusion of the integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Ngige who clarified the position of the government team during Friday’s negotiation with ASUU said that it was not true that the government had abandoned IPPIS or that ASUU should not be on IPPIS.
“I think it is better because a lot of people are quoting us out of context saying that we abandoned the IPPIS and that we said they should not be on IPPIS, it is not true.
“What we said in the meeting and what we agreed was that in the interim for the transition period that UTAS is being tested by NITDA and the Office of National Security Adviser for cybersecurity. For those transition period, ASUU members that are not yet on IPPIS will be paid through the platform with which they were paid the President’s compassionate COVID-19 payment done to them between the months of February and June.
“That platform is a hybrid platform between IPPIS and MINPSI platform for the transition period. That was what was used, it’s a hybrid.”
Osun Assures Indigenes Of Job Security After LAUTECH Transfer
This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode.
The state government assured that there will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.
“All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties,” the statement partly read.
“The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.”
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