Oct 14, 2012

Vietnam - High demand for forged degrees impulses degree forging industry development

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VietNamNet Bridge – Nursery school teachers, commune authorities’ officials and high ranking officials of the people’s procuracy have all been found as using forged degrees when applying for the posts.

An inspection tour to some Mekong Delta provinces recently by competent agencies has found out that forged degrees have been “favored” by a lot of local authorities’ officials. Especially, in Tien Giang and Long An provinces, where forged degrees and certificates were found in 100 percent of the cases inspected.

The My Tho City’s Police in Tien Giang province have come to a conclusion that Tran Thi Thu Trang, a Thoi Son nursery school teacher used a forged university degree when applying for a job at the school in January 2011.

Trang’s university degree then surprised many people, who believed that Trang never followed the university study. In the locality, Trang was well-known as a singer of the southern amateur music team that serves the tourists in the Thoi Son tourism resort.

The police have found out that Trang bought the forged university degree from a tourist at 20 million dong, and then applied for jobs with the degree.

The Cai Be district’s party committee has recently disciplined the five key officials of the My Trung commune’s authorities for their use of forged high school degrees. These included Nguyen Van Giup, Standing Deputy Secretary of the party committee; Tran Huu Phuoc, Head of the commune’s police; Le Hoang Rac, Chair of the Party Inspection Committee; and Le Van Thuong, deputy head of the police agency.

The Cho Gao District’s party committee has reprimanded Do Thanh Cong, Chair of the Cho Gao town people’s committee for his behavior of “showing off” the forged high school degree. Cong is now following the university education from a distance, but it’s still unclear what high school degree Cong submitted to enroll in the university training course.

The Long An provincial party committee has informed that Nguyen Thanh Tam, Deputy Head of the market management taskforce No. 4 “used the high school degree illegally.”

600 “problematic cases” found in one province

In 2003, more than 600 cases of officials using “problematic degrees” were found in an inspection campaign. These included a lot of officials who were on important positions. Many of them were then disciplined, but many others still have been getting promotions in their jobs.

In 2003, Lam Quang Gam was discovered as using a forged high school degree, but he was still on the position of Head of the Ca Mau provincial Taxation Agency for some more time. Later, he resigned from the post, but just after a short time, he has been appointed as the Chief Secretariat of the Ca Mau provincial people’s council and he has been holding the office since then.

Nguyen Thanh Men, former Secretary of the Ngoc Hien district’s party committee, did not spend any day to go to high school, but he was still awarded a high school degree when he was the leader of the district.

Men was only discovered as using forged degree when he was working as the Director of the Ca Mau provincial construction department. He has resigned from the post after his term finished, while he did not bear any kinds of punishment for using forged degree.

Not only district-level authorities officials, but high ranking provincial officials have been found as cheating people by using forged degrees.

Tran Kim Phe, former Chief Judge of the Cai Nuoc district court, was discovered as using forged high school degree, when she was following the in-service university training course. Phe’s friends and colleagues are now jealous of her when hearing that Phe has been appointed as the Head of the administration department of the Ca Mau provincial people’s council.

Thanh Mai

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