Kris Lau Koon-wah, a high-profile private tutor, has been arrested for bribery after he allegedly offered money to a person and obtained confidential information pertaining to the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination.
According to Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency, which carried out the arrest, Lau offered HK$1,000 to an individual named Seraph Wong Tsz-hin who had been working as a marking assistant for the Examinations and Assessment Authority.
Lau, 43, offered the bribe to Wong in order to secure information on the English Language listening exam of the DSE. The offense took place in 2017, as per a statement from The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
Under the arrangement, Wong, who is 19 years in age and had been a former pupil of Lau, would keep a mental note of the model answers when marking the exam papers and send the information through a smartphone to Lau.
Wong is believed to have passed on such information between April 17 and May 13 last year.
The ICAC charged both Lau and Wong in connection with the case, accusing them of “conspiracy for an agent to accept an advantage” and “access to computer with dishonest intent”.
Following the controversy, the Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) sought to assure about the integrity of the exam system.
It pointed out that an individual marking assistant will only mark a part of the paper, not all of it.
Modern Education, the tutorial school associated with Lau, declined to comment on the matter.
Lau and Wong will appear at a West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Lau is the third Modern Education tutor to be arrested this year by the ICAC for seeking confidential exam information.
In June, celebrity tutor Siao Chi-yung, professionally known as Siu Yuen, and his wife Tsai Ying-ying were arrested and charged for access to computer with dishonest intent.
Both of them were Chinese Language tutors at Modern Education.
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