Fake degrees allegedly obtained by senior officials at public and private companies have become a talking point.
Social media is full to the brim with it.
Fake degrees are sold by rogue universities that have no academic accreditation by their respective governments.
The question that needs answering is why do governments allow them to practise their trade, despite not having the acumen to issue worthwhile academic degrees?
Is it that governments don’t know about them? Even worse, most of these rogue universities target the Arab world – particularly the Gulf states – because they think people here have enough money to spend, offering big returns. It worked and several people now find themselves in hot water.
People with fake degrees, particular in high positions, are the wrong people to run an establishment.
Mistakes in mismanagement of funds, planning errors and poor performance are some of the possible outcomes. The nation could lose big money and development could be affected to a great extent.
The solution is for the Education Ministry to draw up a central database of approved foreign universities.
The Higher Education Council is also expected to take serious measures, including prosecuting those with phoney qualifications, ‘Fake degrees legal threat’, (GDN, August 26).
The issue of fake degrees has affected almost all GCC countries.
Kuwait has witnessed an exponential increase in fake degrees and the government is now investigating more than 250 such degrees, with more on the way.
Recently, we heard some people in the construction field had fake engineering degrees and authorities concerned were following up cases. The fact that the government has addressed the issue and started to work from the ground level indicates a promising outcome. At best future degrees will be genuine, as they will come from approved and accredited universities.