DepEd is looking for help from the PNP to combat online cheating

On Tuesday, an official from the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that the PNP had joined government efforts to combat online social media groups that were formed to cheat in online learning exams.

According to PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) has been directed to work with the Department of Education (DepEd) in responding to reports that students from various schools use social media groups to exchange answers to their distance learning tasks and examinations collectively.

“Our ACG has been ordered to coordinate with DepEd to determine the help that the PNP could offer in this incident after hearing DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones’ call for assistance,” Eleazar said.

The “Online Kopyahan” scheme by students belonging to an eponymous Facebook group reached the DepEd last week, according to viral posts by several social media users, including teachers, prompting Briones to seek help from authorities.

Students were allegedly exchanging answer keys and asking other students to provide answers to activities and exams in the Facebook group, casting doubt on the mechanisms put in place by the government to ensure fruitful learning among students following the implementation of the COVID-related distance learning scheme.

Briones stated that the agency would never tolerate any form of cheating.

Eleazar stated that the PNP would assist the Department of Education in combating the scheme among students.

The National Bureau of Investigation is carrying out a separate investigation.

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