Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar has ordered the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) to investigate reports of alleged online cheating by students in the distance learning scheme.
Eleazar was reacting to the statement of DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones that they would seek assistance from authorities in investigating the matter.
“After we heard the request for help from Secretary Liling Briones, I immediately instructed our Anti-Cybercrime Group to contact the Department of Education to find out how your PNP can help with this,” Eleazar said.
Based on initial reports, there was a Facebook group wherein students share answer keys for their respective exams.
The school year 2021-2022 already began despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with the distance learning scheme being observed in schools nationwide.
Briones had said any form of cheating will never be tolerated by the agency.
“Education is the most important part of one’s life because as American civil rights activist Malcolm X once said, it is a passport to the future and that the future belongs to those who prepare for it today,” Eleazar said.
“As we are implementing police reform through our Intensified Cleanliness Policy, your PNP is ready and serious to help curb it as soon as possible so that it does not get worse because if in this state alone the fraud is rampant, nothing will happen to our country is in the hands of the people’s dishonest hopes” he added.
The Chief PNP was referring to the aggressive reform programs which he initiated when he assumed the top police post in May this year through the Intensified Cleanliness Policy (ICP) that is anchored on the broken windows theory which states that small problems must be addressed immediately to prevent them from getting worse.
One of the important initiatives of the Chief PNP under ICP is to ensure an honest recruitment system which was started in May via nameless and faceless recruitment under a QR Code System.
This effectively prevented the padrino system in recruitment which paved the way for a number of unqualified recruits to enter the PNP and eventually led to some policemen being involved in illegal activities.
“To our students and their parents, do not accelerate and sharpen the true intention of education so let you learn in an honest way and at your own pace. Because according to what we always hear our teachers say: Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” he said.