|Defendants at the first instance trial on Friday. — VNA/VNS Nguyễn Chiến|
Nguyễn Thanh Hoài, former chief of the Examination and Quality Management Division under the provincial education department, was sentenced 8 years in prison for abusing position and power while on duty.
Vũ Trọng Lương, former deputy chief of the division, received 7 years in prison on the same charge as Hoài.
Triệu Thị Chinh, former deputy director of the province’s department of education and training (DOET), and Lê Thị Dung, former deputy head of the Internal Political Protection Division at the Police Department got two years imprisonment on the charge of abusing their power to influence other people for their own gain, based on the 2015 Penal Code.
Phạm Văn Khuông, former deputy director of the province’s DOET, was sentenced to one year in prison on a similar charge but given a suspended sentence and 2-year probation.
The court proposed the province’s DOET to keep all exam papers and answer sheets of the 2017 national high school examination for further investigation.
The Jury Board also asked the Investigation Agency under the Ministry of Public Security to clarify the crimes of the involved suspects in the case.
According to the list of the results by the Ministry of Education and Training, 318 test sheets out of 114 candidates were adjusted upwards.
Investigation showed that Lương has intervened in the results of 309 test sheets belonging to 107 students, to increase their scores.
Some students ended up with results more than 20 marks higher than they should have got.
At the trial, the Jury Board said the actions of the defendants had serious consequences, affecting fairness in society. The fact that the case was brought to trial contributed to preventing the occurrence of similar acts.
The last examination was taken by 5,400 Hà Giang students. In the top 11 students nationwide with the highest scores, the province contributed three. Regarding the physics test, 65 students scored nine or higher, accounting for 67 per cent. The abnormal result triggered social uproar. — VNS