Someone gained illegal access to a safe-deposit box at a commercial bank containing the leaked assistant teacher recruitment exam papers, the Department of Special Investigation was told yesterday.
Anant Rangubthuk, a deputy secretary-general of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) told the DSI team probing alleged fraud in the Jan 13 test that the exam papers were kept in a TMB Bank safe-deposit box at a branch in Bangkok.
The DSI had summoned Mr Anant, the exam organiser, for questioning.
Opening the box required the approval of a three-member committee, of which he was a member, Mr Anant said.
According to Thanin Prempree, director of the DSI's Corruption Suppression and Prevention Centre, Mr Anant said his name had been used to open the box without his knowledge.
The official told the DSI that he had learnt his name had been used to open the box only after formal allegations of exam cheating were made, Mr Thanin said.
The DSI would have to investigate whether the safe-deposit box was actually opened and by whom and if the exam papers were removed from the box, Mr Thanin said.
He said Mr Anant had provided useful details regarding all those who were involved in handling the exam papers.
Mr Thanin also said the DSI believed the exam papers were leaked before the exam day and the people likely to have been behind the leak must have been those who were involved in preparing the questions.
An initial probe found there were seven officials involved in this process in which 15,000 questions were selected to make 165 versions of the exam paper.
The officials then selected 33 versions out of those 165 exam papers for the test.
These officials needed to be questioned, Mr Thanin said.
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