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S’pore schoolwork outsourced to Carousellers ― students caught can be expelled

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Singapore ― More university and polytechnic students are reportedly outsourcing their assignments and exams online, and getting others to do requirements for them for a fee.

Students seeking help from ghostwriters with their schoolwork was recently highlighted by the media as a growing concern.

A quick search of “rushed assignments” in Carousell yielded multiple results, with service providers offering help with thesis, dissertations, essays and assignments at “competitive rates and fast turnaround.”

The listing includes reviews from numerous students giving them high ratings for their work.

“I requested for help for my assignment for a module in psychology diploma. Even after providing quality work, they helped me to amend my assignment several times,” shared one student.

It appears that the service has even garnered some competition and imitators.

“Please beware of similar services trying to imitate our post and advertisement. It has come to our attention that the user has been hiring pawns to create more accounts to mislead the community here,” one post reads.

One student told The Straits Times (ST) that he availed of the services because he felt like he didn’t have a choice.

Being halfway through a semester, the student did not understand the lectures and sought help from a fellow student as he did not want to fail the module.

He paid the same ghostwriter to also complete an online coding exam.

Another student revealed that others would avail of the academic services for an entire semester’s worth of requirements, reported ST.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) warned students from engaging in such services, adding that the agency treats said incidents seriously.

MOE forbids all forms of academic fraud, such as getting third parties to compose or assist in exams or assignments.

Students caught flouting rules will receive disciplinary actions including expulsion, reported ST. /TISG

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