MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) will launch an investigation into the alleged cheating in the National Achievement Test (NAT) for elementary students.
A teacher who requested anonymity claimed that the practice has been going on for some time – and they are the ones who make answer keys for the students.
Even students are allegedly aware of the practice.
"May ka-church mate po kaming Grade 3. Nakita ko po sya nag-answer ng NAT test tapos po nakita ko may answer key po sya," student “Mark” (not his real name) told ABS-CBN News.
The DepEd, however, believes that the incident mentioned was merely an isolated case.
All rooms where the NAT will take place, DepEd said, are well-secured. The test booklets, before distribution to the examinees, are sealed.
Teachers are also reshuffled on the day of exams, it added.
After the exams, the test booklets are collected, sealed, and delivered to the DepEd central office.
Some teachers are adamant that there is no cheating during their NAT watch.
"Masakit din kasi hindi lahat ganun," Elvira Dumlao, principal of the Corazon Aquino Elementary School, said.
"Kung meron man pong nangyaring ganito ay di namin kinukunsinte," she added.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers, meanwhile, said the NAT should be abolished.
"Kaya lang naman nagkakaroon ng cheating ay upon instruction of administrator," Rep. Antonio Tinio of the ACT party-list said.
The DepEd, however, said the NAT cannot be abolished that easily.
“Kailangan ito ng ahensya para masukat ang kaalaman ng mga estudyante, at malaman ang pangangailangan ng mga paaralan sa bansa,” it said. -- Report from Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News