Plagiarism and paying someone to write the thesis are hot-button issues these days. According to Ministry of Education statistics, there have been 37 degrees revoked at 27 schools in the past four years. Around 46 percent of these cases involved plagiarism and over half of the cases were at the in-service master's programs.
The thesis ghostwriting market is alive and well, with services provided in various languages and hundreds of ghostwriting educators to choose from. The going rate for a ghostwritten thesis is NT$70,000, and one company even advertises its system, which it says can best digital plagiarism checkers.
Plagiarism checking systems have their limits. There are special or technical components. The systems are sometimes only able to catch surface similarities.
Synonyms and reversed sentence structure can be plagiarism checker loopholes. You Jung-hui says it is by no means easy to confirm whether a thesis was ghostwritten. In 2013, the Ministry of Education revised laws to fine thesis ghostwriters and their customers. In seven years, only one fine has been issued. The ministry commissioned a special investigation team this year, which so far has reviewed 60 cases and issued two fines.
Overseas (companies and websites) won't necessarily follow our laws and regulations and provide us with the personal information (on their customers). So in these instances, we will tell them that this is illegal in our country and we will ask them to remove their ads.
In the past four years, 37 degrees have been revoked by 27 schools. Of this number, 17 were due to plagiarism and over half were degrees of in-service master's programs. The Union of Private School Educators says thesis advisors also need to be held responsible.
If (thesis advisors) are paying attention, they can tell when students are defending their thesis whether they wrote their thesis themselves.
You says thesis advisors have the clearest sense of a student's abilities and knowledge, and they can't be negligent. You also says students that turn in a ghostwritten thesis should be charged with fraud to stop this trend.