Students change their story on stamps-for-grades controversy

What a difference a day makes.

After a video showed a university lecturer copping to having traded grades for 7-Eleven stamps, students completely changed their stories at a press conference intended to “protect” the school’s reputation, despite a dubious reception by school officials.

This morning fourth-year students studying primary education at Kalasin Rajabhat University told the press it was their idea to hand in the 7-Eleven stamps to the teacher for “extra credit” in their Psychology and Guidance for Teachers class. Oh, and it was all for charity, they added.

The students claim their teacher assigned them to write a report for five extra points, but they negotiated to give her stamps to be donated to a 7-Eleven charity program, which allows customers to stick the stamps on the board at the convenient stores so the company will make donations to charities.

That’s a big departure from earlier this week, when a student’s secret recording showed the yet-unnamed instructor raging at the class after word got out that she was trading grades for stamps.

In the video, she confessed to improving grades for certain students in exchange for stamps.

“Did I really force all of you to give me the stamps?” she said in the recording. “Puh-lease!”

Now, the 27 students reportedly claim none of them filed the formal complaint against their teacher. They said it was a villainous professor from another class who wrote the complaint, but signed it in their name.

If that plot is insufficiently thickened, the students also denied that any of them were responsible for the video, which appears to have been filmed from a student desk during a class session.

The students said there was no way they were to blame, as none of the 27 were capable of editing or adding subtitles to video.

Suthawan Noisena, the student representative, said the press conference was held to protect the reputation of the class and university, claiming it was their idea to speak up for their teacher.

University rector Nopporn Kosirayothin, however, is skeptical of the revised account given by the students and said they’ll investigate whether it was genuine or coerced.

An investigation regarding the accusation is underway, and the teacher in question has yet to be found guilty, Manager reported.

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