Latvian police warn against leaking school exams

School centralized exams are approaching. The State Police (VP) is warning against attempting to leak the tasks or answers and reminds that they contain special markings which will reveal the source of the leakage, VP said on March 11.

The first centralized examinations will be carried out from March 15 to 18. The State Educational Content Centre (VISC) has ensured that special markings are incorporated into the tasks of centralized exams. In cases of the dissemination of photographs or copies of these examinations, the special marks will allow the sources to be identified more quickly.

The police will visit schools at random to check compliance with the requirements regarding the safe storage of exam papers.

Police also promise to monitor Internet resources to respond immediately to the illegal distribution of exam papers.

The State Police recalled that criminal liability was provided for the disclosure of the contents of the centralized examination papers prior to the commencement of the exam (Article 200 of the Criminal Law). The police also pointed to the experience of the past few years – even when different messaging apps are used to disseminate the content of exam jobs, including WhatsApp, Telegram, it is possible to identify and prosecute perpetrators.

In 2017, two criminal proceedings were transferred to the Prosecutor's Office for the purpose of prosecuting certain persons; one case in 2018; four cases in 2019. In 2020, no unlawful disclosure of the contents of the exam works was found.

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