TWO years ago the government launched a massive crackdown on fabrication of academic credentials which is increasingly becoming trend in the country.
The crackdown zeroed in on fake university and other higher learning institutions’ awards to curb widespread questionable academic credentials.
The government move was part of new efforts geared to eliminate elements of deceptions in the country’s education system and in employment.
We said then that the government had taken too long to act on this irregularity taking into consideration the huge problem that false academic credentials are creating for our society.
We have not been told how the crackdown proceeded and how many culprits were netted.
It is shocking to learn that there are people even in government who have been allowed to go far in their career without being caught. There is a long list of dishonest politicians who have been embroiled in scandals about false academic credentials, but nothing has been done so far.
A more objectionable aspect to this phenomenon, is that there are colleges, too, that may have participated in the charades. These too must be probed.
We would like to appeal to the government to ensure that the crackdown becomes a continuous intensive exercise and should cover both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
As we begin the New Year, there should be no let up on this matter.
There have been rampant deceptions here and there with many people fabricating certificates and higher awards.
The crackdown must touch all forms of deceptions, including people using other persons’ certificates and those who use awards of people with disability as theirs.
It is our hope that the crackdown would put to an end this problem of fabrication of academic credentials once and for all.