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Singaporean teacher trialed for 'high-tech' exam cheating plan
Posted on 17/04/2018


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A Singaporean tutor has admitted to helping six Chinese students cheat in their exams. Prosecutors are labeling the action as an elaborate plan.

Tan Jia Yan allegedly allegedly FaceTimed questions to accomplices

Tan Jia Yan allegedly allegedly FaceTimed questions to accomplices
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According to the BBC, prosecutors say that Tan Jia Yan took the exam in 2016 as a private candidate and allegedly FaceTimed questions to accomplices who then rang students and read answers to them.

During their exams students are believed to have cheated by sneaking in their mobile phone and Bluetooth devices and by wearing skin-coloured earphones.

Ms Tan pleaded guilty to 27 charges. Three others deny charges of cheating.

Cheating was reported for O-level exams, exams typically taken by students aged 16 years old. The students had help cheating in the English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics papers.

The plot was uncovered when one of the invigilators noticed unusual sounds coming from one of the students involved.

The student was taken aside after his exam and asked to remove his vest. A mobile phone, Bluetooth device and skin-coloured ear piece were found on him.

As reported by the BBC prosecutors said during the opening day of the trial on Monday that Ms Tan and her accomplices had helped the six students to cheat in their exams at the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board in October 2016.

Ms Tan was employed at Zeus Education Centre at the time.

The other three suspects are Poh Yuan Nie, the centre's principal, and her fellow teachers Fiona Poh Min and Feng Riwen.

They are contesting the charges against them and are expected to go on trial later this week.

Poh Yuan Nie is alleged to have received from a Chinese National 8,000 USD as deposit and 1,000 for every student referred to the Zeus Education Centre.

The money was to be fully refunded if the students failed their exams.