Teacher investigated after providing students with exam answers
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teacher is in the middle of a school scandal after he was accused of allegedly giving students the answers to a certification program exam.
The number of students to pass a computer certification program in Miami Norland Senior High School jumped from 12 to 452 students last year.
A teacher at the school heard several rumors about a teacher who had provided the answers to the test. The allegations are being investigated by the Miami-Dade county inspector. He said in a report, "Numerous students were provided with a cheat sheet or were allowed to use their study guides in order to pass the Photoshop and/or Dreamweaver certification exams." The certification program is meant to prepare students for information technology jobs."
The accused teacher, Emmanuel Fleurantin, said the allegations are not true. "All I did was proctor. The kids came in, we prepared them very hard. They were ready so when they came, they took the test and they passed it."
Fleurantin and another teacher are the accused. A student gave investigators a note, which reads: "Mr. F gave me the answers to the Certiport test and let me cheat."
Student Jason Avila said he passed it without cheating. "You have to study. You have to go through what you would have to do for other tests," he said.
According to the report, the whistle-blowing teacher discovered the so-called "cheat sheets" with highlighted answers in the classroom where the exam was taken.
Fleurantin doesn't deny the existence of the cheat sheet, but said he didn't put them in the classroom.
Reporter: "This could cost you your job at this point."
Fleurantin: "Yes sir, I understand. I want my voice to be heard. I want my side of the story to heard."
Miami-Dade Public Schools released a statement: "The administration's position has always been a zero-tolerance policy for not adhering to a high standard of integrity and has recommended termination in circumstances like this. Integrity has been an important guiding principle for this administration and will guide the process until its resolution."
Miami-Dade Public Schools is investigating the inspector general's report. In the meantime, neither teacher has not been terminated.
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