More jail time for former managers of private school

Pek Siew Gek was jailed for 10 weeks yesterday for giving false information to the authorities, while Tang Yudong was jailed for four weeks for not complying with directions from the Council for Private Education.
Pek Siew Gek was jailed for 10 weeks yesterday for giving false information to the authorities, while Tang Yudong was jailed for four weeks for not complying with directions from the Council for Private Education.ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW

Two former managers of a private school that was ordered to shut down in 2015 were slapped with a second jail sentence yesterday.

Kings International Business School (KIBS) in Bukit Merah Central had closed its doors after it was found to have awarded diplomas in maritime studies to students who did not attend classes.

One of the managers, Singaporean Pek Siew Gek, 42, was jailed for 10 weeks yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of giving false information to the authorities.

The offences were related to false items - 10 examination scripts and six attendance lists.

She had also admitted to one count of failing to comply with directions from the Council for Private Education (CPE), now known as the Committee for Private Education.

Last year, Pek and another manager, Chinese national Tang Yudong, 30, were convicted of one count each of abetting to obstruct the course of justice. Pek and Tang were sentenced to three months' and two months' jail respectively on July 27 last year. They appealed against the conviction and sentence, but their appeals were dismissed on June 10 this year.

Pek, who now has to spend a total of three months and 10 weeks behind bars, will serve her latest sentence after completing the first one.

 
 

Yesterday, Tang, who is a Singapore permanent resident, was jailed for four weeks for failing to comply with directions from the CPE. This means he will serve a total of two months and four weeks behind bars.

KIBS' offences came to light in 2014 after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore told the CPE that the school had offered the maritime studies diploma to students who did not attend classes.

Pek and Tang were told by the authorities to refund more than $170,000 to students who had not completed their studies as of April 20, 2015. The 34 students were supposed to receive their full refund by July 3 that year.

The pair were also ordered to make arrangements for each student to be offered a place in another registered private education institution by May 5, 2015.

But they failed to comply with these directions from the CPE and so far, only about $30,350 of the course fees has been refunded. The students received their payments as late as Aug 4, 2016.

Pek and Tang also did not make any arrangements for the students to be offered places in other schools.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2019, with the headline 'More jail time for former managers of private school'. Print Edition | Subscribe