Rampant academic fraud by teachers and students
Academic fraud is becoming more common in Colombia and is committed not only by students but also by teachers. Where is this coming from?
The only requirement to obtain false diplomas is to have money. In this market, it’s possible to find false diplomas of “excellent quality”, titles, and even student ID cards; a complete set that will make anyone (who does not thoroughly verify their provenance) think that the buyer is completely legal, and has completed all the requirements to hold this title or certificate. In addition to fake degrees, there have also been cases of supplantation to take college entrance exams and fake English course certificates.
Academic fraud: Even headmasters?
A very particular case was presented in Soledad, Atlántico. The Rector of the INEM Miguel Antonio Caro Educational Institution was denounced for alleged falsification of his bachelor and graduate degree. Edwin Alberto Lozano Gónzalez was reported for irregularities in his academic certifications. Apparently, they were obtained illegally, not appearing within the Barranquilla District Education Office. Despite investigations moving forward against the Rector, this case is still under investigation. Lozano Gónzalez has not spoken out against the complaint.
Academic fraud: Do you fancy a university degree?
Diploma and certificate fraud is a phenomenon that has received much more traction in our society in recent years. More and more students are getting in trouble for fraud. What happened to the ethics of young people? Take a look at cases similar to the one that was presented at the University of Magdalena in 2018. 16 young people were part of an organization that was in charge of supplanting the identity of applicants who were going to carry out their entrance examination for a medical degree at the University of Magdalena. They operated with false IDs, in which the name of the real applicants was used, but the photo was changed to the physical characteristics of the impersonator. The quota for the medical school was small, of 1,613 applicants, only 50 of them managed to pass. The quota payment ranged from $20 to $24 million pesos. Some of the impersonators were captured by the authorities, however, it should be noted that three of them were awarded a scholarship by the government and four were graduates of El Colegio el Socorro, which has been considered the best school in Colombia.
Academic fraud: Language certificates
It’s known that, when a person makes the decision to acquire a false title, she or he is using the good name of an educational institution, which was never attended. This may affect the reputation and prestige of these institutions, even if they were never directly involved in the fraud. One case was discovered in 2013 at EAFIT University within its headquarters in Medellín. Apparently 55 students were investigated for falsifying English language certificates. 40 of these students were expelled. It was speculated that university students were prowling around, offering English courses to make it feasible to sell the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) certificates, an essential requirement to graduate.
The students paid up to $2 million pesos for each certificate, which were supposedly from the renowned Centro Colombo Americano.
In a report published by newspaper EL ESPECTADOR, several cases of fraud have been detected, not only by students from EAFIT University but also from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and the Polytechnical Grancolombiano. In addition, the director of the Janet Van Deren center made a call to universities and students: “Those falsifications are a crime. We have several cases that are in the Prosecutor’s Office. We call upon universities to send us certifications they receive from our institution to verify them. To the students, I tell them not to risk their professional lives, because a student who presents a falsified document to graduate can face criminal prosecution. Learn the language not only to graduate but for your working life.”
Don’t risk your professional future
It is incredible to see that there are still people who seek to use tricks to “succeed” in their professional lives. However, it’s disappointing to discover that there are entities that trick people into believing that they are pursuing professional careers through websites in “agreement with universities”. Fraud modalities are increasingly relevant, and it’s important not to deceive yourself with false titles, nor to be deceived by false institutions.
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