The head of an anti-graft group petitioned Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin Monday to probe university students allegedly involved in the police entrance examination scandal.
Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, secretary-general of the National Anti-Corruption Network (NACN), said the medical, engineering and science students who agreed to help police sitting the exam are studying with a number of leading universities. He said they were paid between 20,000 and 30,000 baht to help them cheat.
On Sunday the Metropolitan Police Bureau's Training Centre lodged a complaint with Phahon Yothin police alleging almost 350 people were involved in cheating in the officer entrance exam on Dec 4 last year.
Investigators are today expected to seek warrants for the arrest of 51 student suspects accused of helping at least 295 examinees cheat. They are thought to have written down the answers in large letters and let examinees sitting near them copy.
Mr Mongkolkit said the NACN also wanted the minister to investigate department heads, deans and university rectors whose students were found involved.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the Royal Thai Police was considering whether the exam results should be overturned and new exams called. Police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said fraud was detected in the exams under the care of the Metropolitan Police Bureau and Provincial Police Region 7.