A former headmistress of an international kindergarten was found guilty by a Hong Kong court for forging medical certificates (MCs).
Faria Lee Fei-ting, who started work at Boxhill (HK) International Kindergarten in 2004, has been ordered to perform 140 hours of community service.
On Monday, magistrate Symon Wong Yu-wing dropped the sentence on the 36-year-old Lee after she pleaded guilty to one count of forgery.
It was reported that Lee, who could not stand the heavy workload at the pre-school, had taken medical leave on several occasions.
In August last year, she was asked by the school's director to provide proof to justify the number of days leave she had taken for being sick, South China Morning Post reported.
About a month later, Lee submitted four medical certificates, which were purportedly issued by doctors at Queen Mary Hospital.
Upon checking with the hospital, the director was told that the medical institution had not issued any MCs for Lee.
He lodged a police report.
Lee later told police that she had not received any medical certificates after getting treatment, so she printed the notes herself using a computer.
In mitigation, Lee's lawyer said the former headmistress was remorseful and promised not to commit the offence again.
Lee was very sorry about her wrongdoings and the bad example she had set for the pupils, the lawyer said.