The title of this article says it all. If you find it pretty unbelievable, you’re not the only one feeling this way.
Just last week, a lecturer in the SUSS was found guilty of leaking confidential information to an examination. Apparently, he had released the questions and answers during two revision classes he held.
SUSS has since then terminated the lecturer’s service; however, there were no details given to the motive behind the lecturer’s misconduct.
According to The Straits Times, it was an exam for a financial management course. The exam was immediately nullified after authorities in SUSS discovered that questions and answers had been prematurely released.
This came about after some students wrote in to the university, reporting the similarities between the revision notes and the exam questions.
(Seriously, what were they thinking…?)
Had the university not discovered the leak, the exam would have comprised 50 percent of the final course grades for the students. A large group of students were affected–590 of them had sat for the two-hour long exam on November 20.
The course is mandatory for full-time business students in SUSS, who are taking degrees such as accountancy, finance, business analytics and human resource management. It is also offered as an elective to other groups of students.
The exam was known among the students to be extremely difficult. Failure rate for the exam is also reportedly high.
What About the 590 Students??
Students who had sat for the exam that was ultimately voided were given two options: They could use their present overall continuous assessment score or take another supplementary paper on December 4.
It’s unknown how many of them has chosen to retake the exam.
This is not the first time a person of academic influence was removed from his position of power.
Back in 2013, NUS law professor Tey Tsun Hang was terminated for abusing his position as a lecturer. Tey was previously charged with corruption– a sex for grades case. Even though the High Court eventually acquitted him of corruption, he was called “a man without honor” by the Justice Woo Bih Li.
Let us not forget the 2016 research fraud incident. There were three scientists at the centre of the scandal: NTU Professor Ravi Kambadur, associate professor at NUS Dr Mridula Sharma and former researcher Sudarsanareddy Lokireddy.
Investigations revealed that there were multiple instances of data alteration by the team. Two of them had left their posts and another had his PHD revoked.
Hey, educators aren’t angels either.