Haiti to clamp down on student fraud

first_imgHaiti to clamp down on student fraudEducation officials in Haiti, say they will take drastic measures against students and schools that were engaged in fraudulent activities during the state examinations this year.Several acts of student fraudDirector General of the Ministry of National Education, Meniol Jeune, told a news conference that several acts of fraud, including the use of phones during exams, falsification of names and serial numbers, as well as copies of exam papers were detected.He said the guilty pupils will be prohibited from participating in official tests and the schools concerned would also be banned for two years.He said depending on the seriousness of the fraud, the schools may have their classes banned and the private institutions facing the possibility of having their licenses withdrawn.Jeune said that the list containing the names of the schools will be published in accordance with the Haitian Penal Code dealing with forgery.Principals could be suspended The education official said that school principals also face the possibility of suspension as well as having their schools present quarterly reports on the operations of their institutions.Jeune said that in addition, the more than 60 school directors who lied about the actual amount of fees deposited on the account of the Departmental Directorate of Western Education (DDEO) on behalf of the candidates, could also face further action pending the outcome of the court cases.He said the Ministry of Education has taken the precautionary measure of having those directors submit before November 10, 2017, their list of year-end decisions for the 2016-2017 fiscal year among other criteria.Director of the National Office of State Examinations (BUNEXE), Renan Michel said that students who did not get the pass marks required to enter a specific school arranged with the director from another school of the same year, to go to higher class.He said for 2014 – 2015 academic year, BUNEXE registered 526 students and 300 schools involved in this type of dishonest operation.He said those students “playing smart” will be forced to resume classes for which the average pass was not obtained if they wish to continue their studies.For more on Haiti’s schools, click the link: Haiti worried about illegal drug use in schoolslast_img read more

Angels minor leaguer uses coronavirus shutdown to build college recruiting site

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A month later, Kruger suddenly had more time than he or anyone had expected. Kruger was in big-league camp with the Angels when the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport. Because he’s now limited to doing gym workouts on his own, he said he is spending six to eight hours a day working on the site.The site has articles about how players can create the most effective videos or write the most effective emails to send to college coaches. Subscribers can receive emails from Kruger a few times a week, highlighting various tips on the recruiting process.“The general principle is we are trying to create a list and write emails and make sure we send the right video,” Kruger said. “That sounds pretty straightforward, but there are a lot of intricacies within that system we can implement that I’ve never heard anyone talk about.”For example, Kruger said players should be sure to closely look at the players that a school currently has to determine the need.“If you’re a catcher and you’re messaging a school that has a freshman All-America catcher, you are kind of wasting your time,” Kruger said.Finding schools that need you is the key, Kruger said.“A lot of people feel they’re lucky if the school talks to them, but the college coaches need good players as much as players need schools,” Kruger said. “That gives players some more power.”Ironically, the same pandemic that has given Kruger time to devote to his site has also put a hold on the recruiting process that he’s trying to explain. Most high school players are unable to play now, and the NCAA currently has established a dead period so coaches can’t do any recruiting. Players are still free to contact coaches and send videos. Kruger said he recommends simply taking this time to prepare everything so as soon as the dead period ends, the emails and videos are ready to send.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter While most of the country is sequestered at home trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Jack Kruger is using his time to spread something else: information.Kruger, a minor-league catcher in the Angels’ system, has devoted his downtime to enhancing an idea hatched a few years ago. Kruger has created a website to help high school baseball and softball players through the recruiting process.A product of Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Kruger got little attention from college coaches during high school. Although he ended up at Oregon, it was only after he left Oregon and transferred to Orange Coast College that he realized he’d been doing it all wrong.Kruger, who ended up with a scholarship to Mississippi State, said his quest for a Division I college opportunity “grew like wildfire” the second time through. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Kruger said he has articles on the specific tasks players can be doing during the coronavirus shutdown, in terms of their development as athletes and in marketing their skills.“It’s about gaining strength and athleticism,” he said. “Getting outside and continuing to build your body, even if you can’t work on (baseball) skills. I just reassured players that they aren’t falling behind. There is no one out there secretly playing in tournaments and meeting coaches. Everyone is pretty much at a standstill. But there are still things you can do to further your process.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “That’s when I realized everyone needs to be doing this,” he said. “That’s when I knew we had something here.”These days, Kruger is dispensing advice on his site, ballerbuilder.com. All of the information is free, although he said he is working toward eventually selling some videos.“I’m basically trying to help people get out of their own way and understand this chaotic, fluid recruiting system that sucks up a lot of time and money from families that probably don’t have it,” Kruger said.Kruger, 25, got the idea to start helping kids with recruiting as soon as he landed at Mississippi State in the fall of 2015. The Angels drafted him in 2016, after one season with the Bulldogs, and he was focused on his career, which reached Double-A in 2019.In December, he began building the website, which launched in February.last_img read more