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Another educator arrested in Hoa Binh’s exam fraud
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Another educator arrested in Hoa Binh’s exam fraud

The Saigon Times Daily

Nguyen Quang Vinh, chief of the Testing and Quality Assurance Division under the Hoa Binh Province’s Department of Education and Training – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY

HCMC – A senior education official from the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh was taken into police custody on September 15 for his alleged involvement in manipulation of test scores in the latest national high school exam, according to the local media.

The Investigative Security Agency at the Ministry of Public Security brought charges against Nguyen Quang Vinh, 52, head of the Testing and Quality Assurance Division under the provincial Department of Education and Training, for allegedly abusing his position and authority while on duty, based upon Article 356 of the 2015 Penal Code.

Investigators are believed to have raided his house and workplace to collect additional evidence. He is to be held in detention for at least four months.

Vinh’s arrest is part of an ongoing criminal probe into fraud in the administration of the national high school exam in the province, in which answer sheets were altered to raise the marks of some candidates.

Early last month, police also arrested his subordinates on the same charge. Those arrested included Do Manh Tuan, 39, vice principal of the Ethnic Minority Boarding High School and Secondary School in Lac Thuy District, and Nguyen Khac Tuan, 37, a staff member of the local Testing and Quality Assurance Division.

Concerns about possible fraud in scoring examinations were first raised after the Ministry of Education and Training released the official test results of all candidates nationwide on July 11, and Hoa Binh was among a number of provinces in which the public questioned their candidates’ results.

Out of more than 8,900 candidates in the province, as many as 24 received math scores of 9 or higher, making up 4.7% of all students with such high scores throughout the country.

The provincial education watchdog then launched an inspection into its exam grading process, but reported no violations, prompting the education ministry to request a police investigation on July 24.

The initial results found evidence that a number of candidates’ multiple-choice answer sheets had been altered to raise their results.

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