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Music Professors Busted for High-Priced Tutoring Scam

By Michael Vincent on June 24, 2024

Seventeen music college professors and brokers have been handed over to prosecution in Seoul for participating in illegal vocal tutoring and serving as biased judges in entrance exams. The anti-corruption investigation revealed that these individuals, including an incumbent professor, violated multiple laws by hiding their involvement in high-priced tutoring services.

A music major, identified as A, rented undeclared teaching centers in Seoul from January 2021 to February 2023, providing 679 vocal classes and charging hefty fees. A conspired with 14 professors, collecting a total of 130 million won ($100,000+), despite academy restrictions on extracurricular activities.

The scheme unravelled as professors were found to be favouring their tutored students during entrance exams, even at prestigious institutions like Seoul National University. Despite blind testing efforts, professors identified and graded their tutored students favourably.

The investigation also uncovered professors receiving up to 700,000 won per session, along with luxury gifts from parents. The scandal has sparked outrage and raised concerns about the integrity of academic admissions in Korea.

Michael Vincent
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