It’s this time of year when Korean elementary school students are gearing up for big year-end tests at public schools, which include testing their English prowess, listening skills, etc…Hagwons often market themselves for being able to prep students well for these tests, boasting their excellent curriculum, hand-picked teaching staff, or anything else that might swoon a Korean mother into having their child attend the after-school institute.
But there’s obviously some bullshit in them thar hills, particularly in the case of one hagwon in Incheon. Police are now investigating the academy for somehow getting their hands on the very same test and listening CD that public school will be administering, and using it in class to prep student for the real test. As public schools usually outsource the creation of their testing CDs to software development companies, one CD copy and accompanying test answers created for the public school, found its way to the hagwon. When the director was asked by the police as to how the test material came into his position, he claimed that a sales rep from a CD company came by to pitch a software package and left a sample CD and answer key for his perusal. As to the whereabouts of the testing material, the director said that he had already thrown it all out. The business card of the sales rep is also said to have vanished into thin air, making it even more impossible for the police to confirm any of this.
Police have seized his hard drive and are hoping to draw more clues by going through his deleted emails.