The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said it would not tolerate dishonesty as reports of “online cheating” recently came to light.

In a Palace briefing, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said she wanted authorities to track those participating in online cheating.

“Ang question ng cheating ay hindi lamang question sa education, hindi lamang sa eksamen sa edukasyon at question ‘yan sa buong lipunan ng Pilipinas at saka iyang question ng cheating in schools ay lingering ano ‘yan, issue ‘no. Hindi dyina-justify, I’m saying that it is there and we will not tolerate it,” she said.

Reports of cheating emerged with the discovery of the now-deleted Facebook group called “Online Kopyahan,” where members shared answer keys for modules and exams.

The National Bureau of Investigation earlier said that it had started looking for online groups being used as online cheating havens.

“We will take steps and we already are in touch with the appropriate authorities because we will not tolerate it—at least in education,” Briones said.

The Philippines recently opened its second school year using online and modular learning modalities, but limited face-to-face classes in selected low-risk areas have been approved by President Rodrigo Duterte. John Ezekiel J. Hirro