Tertiary students warned against using third party in paper chase


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

KUALA TERENGGANU: Tertiary students can now graduate with flying colours without having to slog or burn the midnight oil with a service offering to do their assignments, said to be done by professionals.

The service, advertised on social media, is offering a fee of as low as RM50 per assignment and can go up to thousands of ringgit, depending on the level being pursued – diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and even for a doctorate.

Checks have found that there are more than 10 links providing such a service on social media and the service offered is for assignments in both Malay and English.

Some of these service providers even provided their telephone numbers and email addresses.

They offer to do assignments for studies in engineering, social development, history and mathematics, as well as science and technology.

The response seems good, with some of their clients putting comments claiming to have scored full marks for their assignments and will seek the service again.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Noor Azuan Abu Osman said he viewed the matter seriously and warned UMT students against getting others to do their assignments.

He said the act could be defined as a form of plagiarism and disciplinary action could be taken against the students concerned.

“If there is sufficient evidence and there is a conviction, the student can be expelled from UMT and his assignment or thesis will be retracted.

“Therefore, students are advised not to use such third-party service to do their assignments.

“Lecturers are also advised to check thoroughly assignments submitted by their students, ” he said.

Noor Azuan said lecturers were able to detect whether the assignments were done by the students themselves based on the use of language and facts because the third party would normally not use the same elements as students who attend lectures.

If assignments were submitted online, lecturers at UMT use the Turnitin software that can identify similarities between work done by students and what was already available on the Internet, he said.

The availability of the service has raised concerns among lecturers and they want it stopped. — Bernama

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