17 February 2019
Heep Woh Primary School had 290 applicants for its 28 available spaces in 2014. Photo: Wikipedia
Heep Woh Primary School had 290 applicants for its 28 available spaces in 2014. Photo: Wikipedia

Teachers allegedly leaked school admission interview questions

Four primary school teachers are on trial for allegedly leaking confidential questions used in pupil admission interviews, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

They gave the questions to friends in an attempt to help their children gain admission to Church of Christ in China Heep Woh Primary School, a Kowloon City magistrate’s court heard Monday.

The four, who are charged with obtaining access to a computer with a dishonest intent, include three former teachers at the school, surnamed Cheng, Tsang, and Wong. The other teacher, surnamed U, who was Tsang’s schoolmate, worked at another school.

The court heard that Heep Woh Primary School held a briefing June 13, 2014, to prepare its teachers to conduct admission interviews of would-be pupils the next day. The school had 290 applicants for its 28 available spaces.

Chong Wai-chu, who was in charge of the interviews, testified she told the teachers during the meeting that the questionnaires for applicants must be kept confidential.

She said she suspected Cheng took pictures of the questionnaires with a mobile phone while Chong was briefing the teachers.

Chong told the court other teachers complained to her that some children who came for interviews said they had practiced how to answer the questions the night before.

Seven pupils received the leaked questionnaires, and at least one of them got admitted, the report said.

The defendants all admitted to the magistrate that they sent the questions and the marking scheme to friends who had asked for their help after their children applied for admission to the school.

The court heard that the teachers conspired to be referees for these children to increase their chances of being admitted.

The hearing continues Tuesday.

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