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FB groups allegedly being used to cheat on online learning tests, exams

A Facebook group named “Online Kopyahan” was allegedly being used by students to cheat on online learning tests and exams, according to Emil Sumangil’s Friday report on “24 Oras.”

Online Kopyahan's page, which has nearly 700,000 followers, was filled with posts of test papers and questionnaires with answers on various subjects.

“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,” Education Department Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said.

(This is troubling. It does not help that instead of the kids putting in the effort to learn, they just copy from each other.)

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

(We will see if we can ask Facebook, if they have the power, to deactivate this page.)

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was monitoring the page as well as other similar Facebook pages.

“Dapat talagang imbestigahan natin, dapat alamin natin. Ang main concern natin diyan, nako-compromise ba ‘yung mga test questionnaires coming from teachers,” NBI Cybercrime Division chief Vic Lorenzo said.

(We have to investigate this matter, we need to find out. Our main concern is whether this compromises teachers' test questionnaires.)

“Kasi kung nako-compromise ‘yan, paano nako-compromise, na-hack ba ‘yan? Sine-share ba ng teachers,” he added.

(If the tests have been compromised, how was this accomplished? Was there hacking involved? Are teachers the ones doing the sharing.)

The Facebook page is no longer accessible.

Meanwhile, Quezon City Public School Teachers Association president and grade school teacher Kristhean Navales said that such cheating was no different from the "kodigo" or cheat sheets used in 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,” Navales said.

(Those who have no answer to the test question, the other kids share their answers. Maybe this other school section had their tests checked ahead of the other section they shared the answers with.)

Navales conceded that children were having a hard time with distance learning.

Meanwhile, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers said that the distance learning system, as well as modules, needed to be changed.

“Para hindi magkaroon ng mga online kopyahan ng mga Facebook pages na ganyan. ‘Yung live support, ‘yung collaboration between learners,” ACT secretary general Raymond Basilio said.

(So there won't be any online cheating on Facebook, we should "live support." Something like a collaboration between learners.)

In response, the DepEd said it was continuously looking into adjustments on distance learning methods. — Joahna Lei Casilao/DVM, GMA News