Singapore (VNA) – A tuition teacher involved in a scheme where
tuition centre employees helped six students cheat in the O-level Examinations
in 2016 was sentenced to three-year jail on April 15.
Singaporean Tan Jia Yan, 33 years old, had admitted to 27 counts of cheating
and was the first to plead guilty in the case, which involves three others from
the Zeus Education Centre, including its principal.
They were charged with supporting the students, aged 17 to 20, by attaching
devices to their bodies including wearable Bluetooth devices which were linked
with mobile phones concealed under their clothes, and skin-coloured “in-ear”
earphones which fed them answers to the tests.
Tan attended the exams as a private candidate with a
camera phone attached to her chest with scotch tape, with extra clothing to
hide the phone from sight. She used iPhone video-calling application
Facetime to send a live feed of the exam papers she was attempting back to her
three co-conspirators who were in the tuition centre.
It unravelled when one of the students was caught by an invigilator
during the English Paper 1 exam at Tampines Secondary School.
Investigations later revealed that tuition centre principal Pony Poh Yuan Nie had
signed contracts regarding the students stipulating that she would receive
admission fees and deposits of about 1,000 SGD (738.84 USD) and 8,000 SGD (5,900 USD) respectively per
student for taking them on.
However, if the students failed to pass the O-Level exams and
failed to get places in Singapore polytechnics, Poh had to refund the money in
full to the Chinese company director she had signed the contracts with.
Poh paid Tan 1,000 SGD per student for providing them lodging, on
top of a monthly salary of about 3,000 SGD (2,200 USD).
Further investigation is underway.-VNA