School director, ministry employee held in sale of test questions

Cheating on school tests always has been a concern and the topic of many rumors.

Monday, the Limón prosecutor and judicial agents raided five high schools and detained two persons on the allegation that they were selling answers to the annual bachillerato exams in Spanish and math.

One of those detained, is a Ministerio de Educación Pública employee. The other is the director of a private school.

These major exams in Costa Rica are guarded closely. They are distributed by the Fuerza Pública.

The Poder Judicial alleged that a school director in Batán picked up the stack of exams early in the day from police. This provided time for him to determine the answers and to distribute the responses to other schools by text messaging, said agents.

The answers went to confederates at other schools who would then sell the information for amounts ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 colons, the prosectorial agency said. That is about $19.50 to $55.

Agents raided the Bilingüe Experimental de Siquirres, Gilander de Batán, Venecia, Matina and Cuba Creek in Matina and confiscated cell telephones in an effort to learn who might have received the purloined test questions.

No students have been detained yet, agents said late Monday. Agents said they have not discarded the possibility that students at other schools were involved.

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