She used hidden cameras to help students cheat exams. Now she's wanted by Interpol
But that’s who’s at the center of a Red Notice issued this week by the International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, which facilitates police cooperation between 194 countries.
Poh Yuan Nie, 57, is thought to have fled Singapore after masterminding an elaborate cheating scam during the Southeast Asian country’s annual GCE O Level examinations, which students take during their final year of high school.
The payment would have been fully refunded if the students did not pass the exams.
They were rumbled when an exam invigilator heard unusual noises coming from one of the students, who came clean when questioned.
After a year-long trial that ended in 2020, Poh was convicted on 27 counts of cheating and sentenced to four years’ jail.
Exam stressThe case has put the spotlight on a school system that is ranked among the world’s best and is known for its competitiveness.
Singapore’s government has implemented a raft of reforms in recent years aimed at easing the mental burden on students who can face immense pressure to achieve good grades.
The GCE O Level exams can be a particularly stressful time, as they define a student’s entire high school performance and determine which local college or vocational institute they can go to.
The exams, known in full as General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level, are national tests in mathematics, science, languages and humanities.
They are conducted jointly by the Cambridge Assessment International Examination and Singapore’s Ministry of Education.
GCE exams are usually taken by students aged 16 and 17 and are also open to private candidates.
Every year around 30,000 students sit the exams, according to MOE estimates.