AT least 225 examinees from Mindanao were found cheating in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations conducted last year.
As a result, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) invalidated the examination results of these 225 examinees who took the examinations on April 29, 2012 and October 14, 2012.
Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta said that the cheating was discovered after the Commission conducted an answer pattern analysis.
”This is in line with our commitment to maintain the credibility and integrity of the police examinations,” he added.
Escueta said that the Commission found that 205 PNP Entrance examinees (151 for the April 29 exam and 54 for the October 14 exam) were found to have a high percentage of similar patterns of wrong answers ranging from 50 percent to 100 percent.
The 20 Police Officers 1 who took the Police Officer Examination on April 29, 2012 were also found to have a high percentage of similar patterns of wrong answers, he added.
“The examinees’ high percentage of homogeneity of wrong answers is a strong and clear indication of statistical improbability which is regarded as prima facie evidence of the existence of examination irregularity or form of cheating,” Escueta said.
The 225 examinees violated Section 4 of Republic Act 9416, otherwise known as the Anti-Cheating Law of 2007.
Escueta said that the Commission is committed to exercise its power and authority by weeding out anyone who undermines the sanctity and integrity of the police examinations.
”In order to ensure that honesty, integrity and merit and fitness principles are observed as the measure of entry into the police service,” he added.
As part of the sanction, Escueta said the 205 civilian examinees shall be barred from taking the PNP Entrance Examination for a period of three years pursuant to the provisions of Napolcom Memorandum Circular 2000-007.
“They could also be charged for dishonesty and be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” he said.