Several hundred invigilators leaked information about Bulgarian language and literature school-leaving exams, Education Minister Todor Tanev said on June 10.
He said that the precise number was not known because of a lack of capacity to deploy inspectors everywhere, “but it is probably several hundred”.
There had been abuses of this kind for years, but they had not come to light because there had been no serious checks, Tanev said.
This was why the rules for school-leaving exams would be changed next year, he said.
Offenses are committed mainly in smaller settlements after 8.30.
He repeated his insistence that the examination paper seen on television being bought by a Nova Televizia reporter posing as a 12th-grader had not come from within the Education Ministry.
The 2015 school-leaving exam season saw the deployment of special inspection teams to places where the ministry suspected there was cheating.
In Kurdzhali, where a number of allegations of cheating had been made – especially after local schools produced results comparable to those of the best schools in Sofia – this year saw a sudden drop in average exam results after inspectors kept a close eye on proceedings.