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Offline Johnnie F.

Cheating at teachers exam
« on: May 04, 2013, 06:40:38 AM »
EDUCATION

Exam leak hunt targets school chief

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday raided the luxury home of a school director suspected of leaking answers for an assistant-teacher recruitment examination earlier this year.

Tanin Prempree, director of the DSI's corruption prevention and suppression centre, yesterday led a team of investigators to search the house of Sema-uppatham School director Amporn Thawannakul in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Mr Amporn is also a member of the teachers and educational personnel committee under the Nakhon Ratchasima Primary Educational Service Area 2.

The raid follows initial findings by the DSI that the house, in the Home Garden Ville Johor housing estate in Muang district, was where answers for the assistant-teacher recruitment exam were sold to several applicants.

The leaking of the papers and answers caused damage to the Office of the Basic Education Commission, which organised the exams, and other applicants who were not involved in the cheating, Mr Tanin said.

The exam was held on Jan 13 to recruit 2,000 assistant teachers nationwide.

The DSI seized evidence, including bank accounts, a list of people involved in the suspected leaking of the exam answers and a computerised database related to the exam.

Mr Tanin said the investigation team had obtained clear evidence that answers had been sold to applicants from Mr Amporn's home.

Applicant Suchao Yatheelo, who obtained an unusually high score in the examination, is suspected of buying answers from Mr Amporn at the house on Jan 12. Mr Suchao is now working as an assistant teacher at Kongrotrajsamakkhi School in Nakhon Ratchasima.

There were unusual money transfers worth about 8 million baht into five bank accounts before and after the exam, Mr Tanin said. The two men have been summonsed to testify before DSI investigators on Wednesday.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Exam leak hunt targets school chief
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 07:33:24 AM »
DSI set to charge two teachers over examcheating scandal


The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will press charges against a school director and an assistant teacher based in Nakhon Ratchasima for allegedly selling questions and answers from the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) recruitment exam. If convicted, Amporn Tawankun and Suchao Yatilo could each face up to five years in jail.

According to the DSI, more than Bt5 million was suspiciously transferred to Amporn's bank account.

Both Amporn - the director of Sema Uppatham School - and Suchao were summoned to the DSI yesterday, where they were interrogated.

"Both have denied any wrongdoing but we have found evidence against them," Thanin Prempree said in his capacity as the director of the DSI's Corruption Prevention and Suppression Centre.

Thanin said Amporn's house was where the fees for exam cheating were paid and where exam answers were released in advance.

Suchao was found to have gone to Amporn's house to get the answers, Thanin said.

Thanin said the DSI would summon Amporn and Suchao to acknowledge the charges against them on May 15.

"We will also summon for questioning next week test-takers who have unusually high scores," he added.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Two charged in teacher exam scam
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 08:18:27 AM »
Two charged in teacher exam scam

A school director and an assistant teacher from Nakhon Ratchasima were charged yesterday for their alleged roles in a cheating scandal involving as many as 344 top scorers on the Office of the Basic Education Commission's teacher-recruitment exam.

The suspects will soon be summoned for questioning, Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdith said.

"If they give useful information, they will be treated as witnesses," he said.

"Otherwise, we will pursue the case against them to the end."

Suspects should resign from assistant-teacher posts awarded to them as a result of the exams, he said.

"Otherwise, they will face disciplinary actions," Tarit said.

The DSI has also recommended that the suspected cheaters' employment be terminated.

Tarit said more arrest warrants in the case would be sought next week.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Assistant teachers to be fired in cheating scandal
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 05:04:55 PM »
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Assistant teachers to be fired in cheating scandal

Six newly appointed assistant teachers in Nakhon Ratchasima accused of being involved in exam cheating will be dismissed - while the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has called for an ultimate total of 344 people allegedly involved in the scandal to lose their jobs as government officials.

Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana will soon discuss with his deputy minister if he will set up a disciplinary committee to inspect high-ranking officials suspected of wrongly declining to perform duties, which led to the exam scandal.

Pisit Chotking, director of Nakhon Ratchasima Primary Educational Service Area Office 3, said yesterday that it was preparing to dismiss six newly appointed assistant teachers at schools under his office's supervision.

The DSI had advised the office and 118 other offices to dismiss 344 assistant teachers accused of cheating in the exam.

Of these 344 suspects, 48 assistant teachers allegedly involved in the scandal were from Nakhon Ratchasima.

Pisit said his office was reported to have eight people accused of being involved. He was waiting for an official letter from the Office of the Teacher Civil Service and Educational Personnel Commission (OTEPC) to allow OTEPC's subcommittees in each educational zone to revoke the appointments of the alleged cheaters. He will then attend a meeting with the subcommittee in his educational zone and later send a letter to instruct schools to dismiss six of the assistant teachers.

The DSI could also summon for interrogation another two alleged cheats who had not been appointed assistant teachers.

Previously, Phongthep insisted that OTEPC's meeting clearly resolved last Friday that the 344 cheats would be removed from their positions as government officials.

Phongthep said Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanich would soon report to him findings concluded by a fact-finding panel on the exam cheating. They would discuss if he should set up a disciplinary committee to inspect four high-ranking officials at Office of the Basic Education Commission accused of wrongly refusing to perform duties or not.

He added that the accused officials would be allowed to explain.

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Re: Assistant teachers to be fired in cheating scandal
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 07:09:43 AM »
48 assistant teachers in Nakhon Ratchasima to be dismissed due to exam cheating

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 24 May 2013 (NNT) – Forty-eight candidates implicated in the recent teacher exam cheating scandal are set to be dismissed by the Nakhon Ratchasima education office.

The Department of Special Investigation earlier advised 119 education offices nationwide to dismiss a total of 344 people who were alleged of cheating in the assistant teacher exam. Of these 344 suspects involved in the scandal, 48 were under the supervision of the Nakhon Ratchasima Primary Educational Service Area Offices 1-7.

The office with the highest number of candidates to be expelled in Nakhon Ratchasima is the Educational Service Area Office 7, with ten candidates, six of whom have been appointed assistant teachers and the other four are still awaiting teaching assignments.

The office has issued a statement saying that school directors in the area are set to meet on May 30 to officially sack those involved in the scandal. They noted that the number of cheaters is considerably high in Office 7 as there are altogether 230 schools in the area.

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DSI: Exam cheats confess to buying answer keys for 500,000 baht
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2013, 09:51:59 PM »
DSI: Exam cheats confess to buying answer keys for 500,000 baht

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 5 June 2013 (NNT) - The Department of Special Investigation revealed that two assistant teacher candidates implicated in the exam cheating scandal have confessed to spending 500,000 baht to purchase test answers.

DSI officials are set to question 51 contestants found to have cheated in the exam, as part of the four-day in-depth interrogation in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The two suspects told investigators that they had agreed to buy answer keys to the exam from an Education officer in the province.

The DSI made known that they will not release the names of the pair as they are poised to be witnesses in the trial.

The department has also offered special protection to other implicated test takers who have received threats, warning them against giving evidence.

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51 to be fired over exam cheating
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2013, 06:36:07 PM »
51 to be fired over exam cheating

Nakhon Ratchasima's Office of the Teacher Civil Service and Educational Personnel Commission (OTEPC)'s subcommittee Saturday agreed to dismiss 51 newly appointed assistant teachers over allegations of being involved in exam cheating.
The move followed the Department of Special Investigation's call for a total of 344 people allegedly involved in the scandal to be fired as government officials, 51 of the accused being from Nakhon Ratchasima.

Following the three-hour meeting, Primary Educational Zone 1 director Pathomreuk Maneenet said the accused-and-dismissed persons were still given a chance to explain themselves within 15 days.

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Tight security at exam sites for teacher jobs
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013, 05:21:10 AM »
Tight security at exam sites for teacher jobs


Metal detectors are run over people sitting a test for teaching assistant posts at a school in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday. More than 4,000 had to sit the test again after the results of a previous exam were cancelled due to fraud.

No cheating was reported yesterday - the first day of exams to select assistant teachers - after strict measures were taken by education officials.
"We have not received any reports about cheating so far, and stricter measures implemented at the test sites will help to ensure that there won't be any," said Pitsanu Tulasuk, acting deputy secretary general for the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec). "The process of creating and delivering the test papers was also done and guarded very carefully," he said.

Yesterday's exam saw stricter measures implemented to prevent cheating at exam sites in many provinces, especially Nakhon Ratchasima, where large numbers of candidates taking the exam earlier this year were found to have cheated.

As many as 83,930 people are sitting the test this weekend at 398 sites - competing for a mere 1,070 positions. Today's exam will cover areas of education and also test the candidates' knowledge of their specialised majors.

Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana and top officials at the ministry will visit some sites in Bangkok during the exam today.

Education Ministry permanent secretary Panita Kambhu Na Ayutthaya, who chairs a fact-finding panel that investigated cheating earlier this year, said two officials at Obec would be interviewed this week. During previous exams, one of them was seen in the vicinity of the computer that stored the test paper files and the other allegedly reported to officials that the test paper had been leaked. Panita said her panel would submit the results of its investigation to Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanich in early July.

More than 4,000 people took the exam in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday. Technicians at exam sites in the province used vehicles equipped with signal jammers to prevent mobile phones being used and metal detectors to scan the test-takers. No belongings were allowed at exam sites, other than items needed to take the exam.

Strict measures were also implemented in Udon Thani where all candidates were required to wear white T-shirts. Officials inspected the pockets of the 2,500 students taking the exam to prevent them taking in mobile phones and other banned items. Those who turned up not wearing T-shirts were frisked before officials allowed them to enter. Test papers were also stored in an area watched by 10 CCTV cameras.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Applicants fail teacher test en masse
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2013, 07:24:14 AM »
EDUCATION

Applicants fail teacher test en masse

NAKHON RATCHASIMA : Less than 2% of applicants have managed to pass an assistant teacher recruitment test, a senior education official said. :o

Nakhon Ratchasima primary education service area office 3 director Pisit Chodking said only 47 of 2,749 applicants passed the test, organised during June 22-24 to fill vacancies in seven subjects in state-run schools.

The subjects are general science, science, early childhood education, Thai language, music, social science and maths.

The exam was organised after the results of previous nationwide exams were cancelled following the discovery of widespread cheating.

According to Mr Pisit, 16 applicants passed the general science test, while 18 passed the early childhood education exam, four passed the Thai language exam and three each passed the music, social science and science tests.

It is the lowest pass percentage ever recorded, he said.

Mr Pisit said not one of the 130 people who applied for the maths assistant teaching job passed the recruitment exam. Mr Pisit said applicants are required to score at least 60% to pass.

According to the test results, maths teacher applicants scored between 30-35 out of 75 in the maths section and between 70-85 marks out of 150 in other areas. Because no one passed the maths test only the other six vacancies will be filled, Mr Pisit said.

Meanwhile, the Nakhon Ratchasima secondary education service area office 31 is expected to announce the results of its recruitment test today.

Cheating was reported in several provinces after a recruitment exam held in January. About 30 assistant teachers have since been dismissed as a result of a Department of Special Investigation probe. In the wake of the cheating furore, the Education Ministry also has launched a dereliction of duty probe against the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) secretary-general Chinnapat Bhumirat. Obec ran the exams.

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Maybe now they should look into teachers training, whether there is a problem with the qualification of the ajarns supposed to be educating the new teachers. A fail rate of more than 98% must have a reason!
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Re: Cheating at teachers exam
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2015, 08:06:50 PM »
Never mind the cheating.  What about paying money under the table?  Notice how that is not mentioned. 
 

 



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