HK students torn between praise and criticism for Modern Education tutorial centre leaking HKDSE exam information

HK students torn between praise and criticism for Modern Education tutorial centre leaking HKDSE exam information

The tuition centre has been subject to scandals over using leaked information from HKDSE exams

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Weslie Siao was accused of leaking questions on public university entrance tests.
Photo: David Wong/SCMP

Students of tuition centre Modern Education have expressed disappointment at the scandals that have plagued the centre in recent months. While many were not surprised by last month’s charges against Chinese tutor Weslie Siao, most were shocked by the accusations on Wednesday against celebrity English tutor Kris Lau. Unlike Siao, he does not have a history of obtaining leaked answers.

Siao, who was charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in June for receiving questions from and information about the 2016 and 2017 DSE Chinese language exams, became well-known after he correctly predicted the topic of the 2007 Chinese writing exam would be “lemon tea”.

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A student who received her DSE tuition from Siao, and did not wish to be named, said that she is shocked that her tutors would do something like this.

“I have mixed feelings about tutors receiving information this way. On one hand, I feel bad for taking a class if the information [I get from it] is illegally obtained. On the other hand, he helped us a lot.”

The student said she is not worried about there being any effect on her DSE scores, but said she is glad the story broke after her examinations.

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Others, however, think that what the tutors did was justified, or even admirable. Another Modern Education student, who also did not wish to be named, said she thought that the tutors seemed really dedicated to their work because they were willing to risk their careers and reputations to help students get good grades.

She added that these acts don’t change her views of tuition centres, and said that they must only be a small aspect of a larger problem within the industry.

“I don’t think it is a coincidence that tutors [correctly predict the topics] every year. I believe that the scandals reported are a very small look into what the business has been doing for years.”

Edited by Ginny Wong

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