Homework done with a mouse click
ONLINE: Screengrab of the ad offering homework completion services.
It seems individual tutors are not the only ones making money off homework.
A quick search online turns up several sites offering to complete essays, reports and homework.
TNPS even came across an advertisement on classifieds site GumTree Singapore by a group that offers assignment completion services for diploma and university students, and even working adults.
The group, which identifies itself as ProjectWorkHelper, says it can complete projects, essays, reports and homework, at a cost.
The price depends on the difficulty of the assignment and the time taken to complete the assignment.
An example on the ad to demonstrate its pricing system is the cost breakdown for a 3,000-word essay on Human Resource Management, which takes a month to complete. The price listed is $580.
The group claims there is a demand for such services.
A spokesman for ProjectWorkHelper says in an e-mail to TNPS: "While there are spikes in the frequency of people that approach us, we do have a long-term working relationship with some clients on a retainer basis."
The spokesman adds that most students would contact them for help directly, although they have a handful of parents who approach them to help with their children's work.
Their no-questions-asked approach is clear when pushed on whether the service helps students swamped with work.
"This is not a charity, it's a service. Whatever their reasons are, we do the work for them because we get paid to do so. We cater to that demand and we do a fantastic job," says the spokesman.