KUALA TERENGGANU Students of higher learning can graduate with flying colours, but without having to slog or burn the midnight oil with a service now available, said to be by professionals, offering to do their assignments.
The service, advertised on the social media, is for a fee of as low as RM50 per assignment, and can go up to thousands of ringgit, depending on the level of studies, whether diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and even for a doctorate.
Checks by Bernama found that there are more than 10 links providing such a service on Facebook and the service offered is for assignments in both Malay and English languages. Some of the service providers even dare provide 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 the assignment and will seek the service again.
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Ir Noor Azuan Abu Osman said he viewed the matter seriously and warned UMT students against getting other people 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 conviction, the student can be expelled from UMT and his/her assignment or thesis will be retracted.
“Therefore, students are advised to never use this third party service to do their assignments. Lecturers are also advised to check thoroughly assignments submitted by their students,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Noor Azuan said lecturers are able to detect if the assignments are not 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 are to be sent online, the lecturers at UMT use the Turnitin software that could identify similarities between work done by students and what is already available on the Internet, he added.
The availability of the service has raised concerns among lecturers and they want it to be stopped.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency