Two secondary school students have been caught cheating and nine pupils are accused of violating exam rules in the Ordinary National Education Test at exam centres in Bangkok.
National Institute of Education Testing Service (Niets) director Uthumporn Jamornmarn said yesterday the O-net exams for Prathom Suksa 6 (Grade 6), Mathayom Suksa 3 (Grade 9) and Mathayom Suksa 6 (Grade 12) in the 2009 academic year, held at all exam centres nationwide, generally ran smoothly.
But there were cases of misconduct by O-net exam supervisors, cheating and suspected cheating by students.
Misconduct and exam rules violations prompted Niets not to announce the results of the O-net exams at seven schools in five provinces, including Khon Kaen and Kalasin, where two cases of misconduct were found, and one school each in Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram and Rayong.
Exam supervisors allegedly furnished Grade 6 and 9 students sitting their O-Net exams with the answers, Ms Uthumporn said.
Niets received reports of cheating at Chulalongkorn University and Thepsirin School exam centres in Bangkok. Two Grade 12 students were caught cheating in the exams by passing answer sheets, she said.
There was also suspected cheating at another exam centre in Bangkok in which one Grade 12 student was found to have used liquid eraser to make marks on two pencils, she said.
There were "T1", "SC" and "ART" markings on the pencils. The abbreviations relate to the subjects Thai, Science and Art in the O-net exams.
An exam supervisor found 100 marks on a pencil related to T1, Ms Uthumporn said. The number of marks matched the exact number of questions on the exam.
The student argued the marks were simply made to boost morale.