MOE slaps fine on man at cen­ter of the­sis-writ­ing ser­vice

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY BRIAN LIN

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ( MOE) an­nounced yes­ter­day that it had is­sued a NT$ 600,000 fine to an in­di­vid­ual who of­fered to write es­says and th­e­ses for uni­ver­sity stu­dents.

The in­di­vid­ual re­port­edly ran a web­site of­fer­ing “spe­cial­ized the­sis- writ­ing ser­vices” for mas­ter’s and doc­tor­ate can­di­dates look­ing to cut cor­ners as the grad­u­a­tion sea­son draws near.

Huang Wen- ling, direc­tor of MOE’s Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, said that since the MOE an­nounced its guide­lines re­gard­ing sub­sti­tute the­sis writ­ing in June 2013, they have been tipped off by con­cerned cit­i­zens about the web­site. The MOE had not been able to prove con­clu­sively that the web­site was ad­ver­tis­ing il­le­gal sub­sti­tute the­sis writ­ing un­til re­cently.

Huang said that in the past the MOE only pe­nal­ized stu­dents who hired sub­sti­tute writ­ers, but not the writ­ers them­selves or those who advertise such ser­vices. That is no longer the case, she said.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion held a meet­ing to­day at Taipei Uni­ver­sity, which dis­cussed mat­ters con­cern­ing uni­ver­sity ad­mis­sions and ex­am­i­na­tions. With grad­u­a­tion sea­son ap­proach­ing, the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion re­minded schools to note cases of fraud re­lated to dis­ser­ta­tion- writ­ing.

Hu­nag stressed said that the MOE is not an in­ves­ti­gat­ing author­ity and will act only upon re­ports of wrong­do­ings.

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