A latest report reveals that some Facebook groups have been created specifically to cheat on online tests and exams.

The report from 24 Oras (via GMA News Online) alleges that the Facebook group called “Online Kopyahan” is being used for cheating on virtual tests and exams during remote learning.

It’s said that the page, which has about 700,000 followers, is full of posts sharing test papers and questionnaires with answers. The posts range from different subjects.

The Department of Education expressed its concerns in a statement:

Nakakabahala po, hindi po nakakatulong sa ating ginagawa na ang mga bata ay kailangang binibigay ang kanilang mga efforts para matutuo at hindi po puwedeng mangongopya lamang,

Titignan po natin kung puwede mapa-request sa Facebook, kumbaga i-deactive… kung may kapangyarihan ang kanilang organisasyon na i-down ito,”

Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio, DepEd

The National Bureau of Investigation says that they are also monitoring the page and others that are similar to it.

Dapat talagang imbestigahan natin, dapat alamin natin. Ang main concern natin diyan, nako-compromise ba ‘yung mga test questionnaires coming from teachers,

Kasi kung nako-compromise ‘yan, paano nako-compromise, na-hack ba ‘yan? Sine-share ba ng teachers,

Vic Lorenzo, NBI Cybercrime Division chief

As of writing, the page has been taken down. But a quick search on Facebook reveals a couple of public groups with similar structures.

Kristhean Navales, president of the Quezon City Public School Teachers Association, says that such mode of cheating is identical to the cheat sheets a.k.a “kodigo” that some students used to do in regular, face-to-face classes.

“Yung iba din na walang sagot, sine-share nung ibang mga bata sa kanila. Siguro mas naunang makapag-check itong section na ito at nai-share nila,

Pres. Kristhean Navales, Quezon City Public School Teachers Association

Navales do admit that students are having a harder time with remote learning.

To prevent such method of online cheating, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers suggests that changes should be made in the modules and the distance learning system in general.

DepEd responded by saying that they are continuously researching adjustments on remote learning methods.

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