Dangers of such controversial relationships heightened after a former United States middle school Mathematics teacher, Stephanie Ragusa, was accused of repeated sexual encounters with students aged 14 and 16.
The 31-year-old pleaded guilty, this month, to three counts of lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of unlawful sex with a minor.
SEGi College Subang Jaya's head of the school of psychology and student counsellor Marian Arumugam, who has noticed a rise in such incidents, says it's fairly common for female students to idolise their male teachers.
"As a professional teacher, it is important that they remember and are aware of the proximity within a relationship when trying to support individual students with their learning. These days, it may be a bigger issue as the age gap between the teacher and student can be narrow.
"Some students choose to postpone their studies while many teachers are just starting out in their profession. This is when testosterone and hormone levels are running high."