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Slovakia’s Education Ministry reports secondary school test answers were on Facebook

An extraordinary session of the Central Commission for [School] Leaving Exams within the Education Ministry was convened on Friday, March 18, amid controversy concerning the publication of answers to the B1 secondary school year-end test, the TASR newswire was told by ministry spokesperson Miriam Žiaková. The session of the commission was closed to the public and the ministry would inform about the results later, according to Žiaková. The Sme daily on March 18 reported that the correct answers to the B1 test were available on Facebook. The solutions were originally posted on the ulozisko.sk website, according to Sme. "The file was posted on Tuesday, March 15, at 20.59," said Denis Donauer of the website.

An extraordinary session of the Central Commission for [School] Leaving Exams within the Education Ministry was convened on Friday, March 18, amid controversy concerning the publication of answers to the B1 secondary school year-end test, the TASR newswire was told by ministry spokesperson Miriam Žiaková.

The session of the commission was closed to the public and the ministry would inform about the results later, according to Žiaková. The Sme daily on March 18 reported that the correct answers to the B1 test were available on Facebook. The solutions were originally posted on the ulozisko.sk website, according to Sme. "The file was posted on Tuesday, March 15, at 20.59," said Denis Donauer of the website.

Education Minister Eugen Jurzyca said that secondary school students will not have to take the written tests of English (level B1) which had been leaked on the internet for a second time, stating that students who got the test forms via Facebook had no guarantees that the answers were correct. However, the ministry will seek legal action.

"The oral part of the graduation exam holds a relatively higher importance for students," said the minister, who added he wants to do his utmost to have the case solved.

Source: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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