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DepEd seeks help of PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to fight ‘online kopyahan’

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar has ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) on reports of cheating allegedly done by students online.

PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has reacted to the statement of DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones that they would seek assistance from authorities on investigating ‘Online Kopyahan.’

“After we heard DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones’ call for help, our ACG has been ordered to coordinate with DepEd to determine the help that the PNP could offer in this incident,” Eleazar said.

“Matapos nating marinig ang paghingi ng tulong ni Sec. Liling Briones, kaagad kong inatasan ang aming Anti-Cybercrime Group na makipag-ugnayan sa Department of Education upang alamin kung paano makakatulong ang inyong PNP dito.” 

According to initial reports, there was a Facebook group wherein students from different schools share answer keys for their respective exams.

Viral posts by various social media users showed that the ‘Online Kopyahan’ scheme by students reached DepEd last week.

Moreover, DepEd Secretary Briones said that any form of cheating will never be tolerated by the department. DepEd has also released a memorandum addressed to all regional directors. Hence, the memo states DepEd’s stand on maintaining academic honesty.

Thus, to support this, Eleazar said the PNP would help DepEd address the scheme among students.

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is also conducting a separate probe on the matter.

Source: PNP

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