Hi-tech exam cheat­ing plot

> Sin­ga­porean tu­tor faces up to three years’ jail, fine

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SIN­GA­PORE: A Sin­ga­porean pri­vate tu­tor has been con­victed over an elab­o­rate scheme to help Chi­nese sec­ondary school stu­dents cheat in an exam us­ing mo­bile phones and wire­less de­vices, pros­e­cu­tors said yes­ter­day.

Tan Jia Yan, 32, pleaded guilty on Mon­day to her part in the plot in which an­swers to O-Level ex­ams were re­layed to at least six stu­dents via mo­bile phones con­cealed un­der their cloth­ing and con­nected wire­lessly to skin-coloured ear­pieces, they said.

Tan, who will be sen­tenced next month, faces up to three years’ jail and a fine.

Aca­demic ex­cel­lence is highly val­ued in Sin­ga­pore which of­ten tops in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion rank­ings, al­though the sys­tem has been crit­i­cised for putting chil­dren un­der too much pres­sure at a young age.

The Chi­nese na­tion­als, who took the ex­ams in Oc­to­ber 2016, were stu­dents at a tu­ition cen­tre where Tan was a teacher.

Stu­dents in the city-state of­ten go for ex­tra tu­ition in or­der to have bet­ter chances of pass­ing key ex­ams such as O-Lev­els, which de­ter­mine if they can qual­ify for ju­nior col­lege, a di­rect path to uni­ver­sity.

De­tails of the case pro­vided by the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers said Tan con­spired with three ac­com­plices to cheat the Sin­ga­pore Ex­am­i­na­tions and As­sess­ment Board.

On the test days, the stu­dents were made to con­ceal mo­bile phones and Blue­tooth de­vices un­der their cloth­ing and wear an ear­piece, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tors.

Tan, who was also among those tak­ing the ex­ams, had an iPhone taped on her chest area and she con­cealed the de­vice by wear­ing a jacket.

Once the tests started, Tan used the iPhone’s video chat app FaceTime to con­nect with her three ac­com­plices and pro­vided a “live feed of the exam pa­pers” she was an­swer­ing, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tors.

The ac­com­plices – who have pleaded not guilty – would find the an­swers to the ques­tions and call the stu­dents in­di­vid­u­ally to re­lay the an­swers.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the above so­phis­ti­cated cheat­ing op­er­a­tions ran un­in­ter­rupted from Oct 19 un­til Oct 24, 2016,” the pros­e­cu­tors said.

The cheat­ing was ex­posed on the fi­nal day when one of the stu­dents was caught af­ter an in­vig­i­la­tor heard “un­usual elec­tronic trans­mis­sion sounds emit­ting from him”, they said. – AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.