One person has been arrested for stealing the elementary school math finals test from a print shop in Belgrade.
The 42 year old employee of the Politika AD print shop was charged with stealing a copy of the test. “The man is suspected of stealing the test, photographing it and destroying the copy he stole,” a police press release said.
Copies of the final maths exam appeared on social networks a day before eight grade pupils were scheduled to take the test, leading the Education Ministry to reschedule the test to allow time for a reserve test to be sent out to schools. The incident led to protests in a number of Serbian cities with eighth graders and their parents staging a sit-in in front of the Education Ministry, calling for the minister to resign and demanding to be allowed to enrol in high school without taking the finals. Under Serbian law, elementary school pupils are graded for enrolment in high schools based on the finals and their grades over the final four years of elementary school.
The man arrested by the police is also suspected of having passed copies of the final exam to other parents.
This is the second time that final exams for elementary schools have been leaked. The previous incident in 2013 led to the resignation of the education minister.
The current Education Minister Mladen Sarcevic has resisted calls to resign, saying he offered his bosses his resignation. Earlier he denied any possibility of the tests being leaked from any print shop.