(MENAFN - Morocco World News) According to an official report released by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, 431,934 candidates will sit for the 2016 baccalaureate examination this year.
This year's national exams are scheduled forJune 7-9, while regional exams are planned forJune 3-4. New strict measures will be taken to assure a fairness before and during the exam, the Ministry said. The total number of male applicants is 237,460, which represents 55 percent of all applicants. The number of female applicants this year only comes to 45 percent. Public school applicants total 289,440, which is 67 percent of all students. There will be 30,239 private school students, or 7 percent of the whole. Six percent of students have chosen an ordinary baccalaureate. This year's applicant pool is 10.4 percent less than that of 2015. The Casablanca-Settat region has the highest number of applicants with 20.8 percent of total students, followed by Rabat-Sale-Kenitra with 14.1 percent, and Fez-Meknes with 10.6 percent. Seventeen percent of student who registered for an ordinary baccalaureate come from Fez-Meknes, while 16 percent come from Rabat-Sale-Kenitra. The regions of South Morocco are at the bottom of this year's baccalaureate's applicant list: Dakhla – Oued Ed Dahab (0.4 percent), Laayoune – Sakia El Hamra (1.8 percent) and Guelmim – Oued Noun (2 percent). As regards the types of exams, 61 percent of applicants chose to sit for the scientific and technological fields exams, whereas the percentage of those choosing literature comes to 39 percent. Students will take their baccalaureate exams under a number of new measures, including the prohibition of the use of electronic devices and continuous surveillance of the test centers both inside and outside exam rooms. Furthermore, the physical exam booklets will be securely transported from certified distribution centers to examination centers. National and regional groups have been launched to control information about the exams on the internet. Meanwhile, local and regional groups will try to curb cheating throughout electronic devices by using devices to detect them on test days. In order to make the applicants aware of the danger of cheating on the exam, participants have attended meetings with proctors, which have been organized locally, regionally, and nationally. Additionally, each baccalaureate applicant was asked to sign a contract which lays out the student's responsibility of adhering to ethical rules of conduct, as well as the punishments that may follow from cases of cheating. Cheating through communication on the baccalaureate exam reached its highest in 2012, with 67 percent of students involved in some form of cheating. That number has declined to 53 percent in 2015.