Fake tutor used inappropriate language

Hu Min
A tutor accused of having a fake ID and using inappropriate language when teaching a child in Jinshan District, Shanghai, has been dealt with by police.
Hu Min

A tutor accused of having a fake ID and using inappropriate language when teaching a child in suburban Shanghai's Jinshan District has been dealt with by police, and the website involved will face punishment.

A father had complained that a tutor said to be a postgraduate of Shanghai International Studies University did not teach anything but "horrifying" things to his 12-year-old daughter.

The father, surnamed Zhang, said he found the teacher, surnamed Chen, at a website called No.1 Tutor which stated he was a postgraduate of the university.

Zhang hired him without checking and the teacher visited Zhang's home once a week for six months.

However, Zhang's daughter's academic performance deteriorated and he was shocked when he watched a surveillance camera, claiming Chen said things like "the grandmother was hit by the car," during lessons.

In addition, he frequently talked about menstruation with the girl, the footage showed.

When Zhang attempted to contact Chen, he found he was blocked on WeChat, and the phone number was disconnected.

Chen is in fact a graduate of the Xianda College of Economics and Humanities, Shanghai International Studies University, and has no job, police said.

He returned the tutor fees of 5,000 yuan (US$727) and made compensation of 1,500 yuan to Zhang. He also proffered an apology.

Shanghai Aibi Internet Science and Technology Co Ltd, which operates No.1 Tutor, was found by the Jinshan District Administration for Market Regulation to have exaggerated and fake promotion.

It had used words such as "best, most professional and most prestigious," said Zhong Yifa, an official with the administration.

The website has been ordered to stop publishing illegal ads and will be fined between 200,000 yuan and 1 million yuan, according to the administration.

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