Khon Kaen: Fake certificates scandal at E-Sarn University

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Khon Kaen: Fake certificates scandal at E-Sarn University

Ungelesener Beitragvon KoratCat » Mi Apr 27, 2011 7:59 pm

Fake certificates scandal at E-Sarn University

The E-Sarn University Council resolved on Wednesday to suspend the university rector and executives from duty indefinitely in connection with the sale of fake professional teacher certificates.

Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, the university council president, Prachuab Chaiyasarn, said the council decided to suspend E-Sarn University rector Atsadang Sawangkarn, the university’s graduate school dean Nakkhaphol Kernchai, deputy graduate school dean Thassana Ketmanee, registrar's assistant Anongluck Chumpla, graduate school official Natthanan Buapa and other university executives from duty indefinitely over the sale of professional teacher qualifications.

The suspension orders were effective immediately.

The council also appointed former Khon Kaen University rector Sumon Sakolchai new rector of E-Sarn University. A disciplinary panel has been set up to investigate, said Mr Prachuab.

The panel, comprising representatives from the Office of the Higher Education Commission, state-run Khon Kaen University and other education experts has 30 days to complete the inquiry, said Mr Prachuab.

The university council president said an initial investigation found the university had sold professional teacher certificates to some graduates, as alleged.

Four graduates, including three women and one man, earlier told the Teachers’ Council of Thailand (TCT) that they had bought certificates, costing between 40,000-50,000 baht each, from the university, said Mr Prachuab.

He showed to the press copies of the fake certificates and transcripts of the four graduates. The documents were co-signed by Mr Atsadang and Ms Anongluck.

The inquiry found the rector and concerned staff had failed to check the documents before they signed.

The alleged sale of certificates by the privately-run E-Sarn University in northeastern Khon Kaen province came to light when seven graduates applied for teaching licences with the TCT. The certificates were found to be false.

Mr Prachuab said the university had already sent a letter to the TCT voiding the certificates of those graduates.

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Ungelesener Beitragvon KoratCat » Fr Mai 06, 2011 2:52 pm

Teachers' council to revoke licences after university scandal

The Teachers Council of Thailand has decided to take drastic action by revoking the teaching licences it has granted this year to 535 graduates from Esarn University, which has been suspected of peddling fake certificates.

"From our ongoing investigation, most of the graduates did not buy the diplomas," TCT chairman Ongkorn Amornsirinan said yesterday.

More than 850 other Esarn graduates will also likely lose the chance to get a teaching licence.

The Khon Kaen university was found to have sold degrees, including graduate certificates in teaching, to people who did not complete the course.

The blanket approach was necessary because Esarn's University Council told the TCT by letter on April 18 that it had decided to take back all the teaching certificates it had awarded this year.

Earlier, the University Council said 1,387 of its students graduated in teaching in the 2010 academic year. Of them, 535 have received a teaching licence and many of them have also passed the government exam for new teachers.

Ongkorn said that after the cancellation, these graduates could reapply for licences later if and when the problem is resolved.

He urged all Esarn graduates to volunteer information. Those cooperating with the TCT will be considered witnesses.

"We will give one more week to others to contact us. Failure to come forward means they will be treated as accomplices," he said.

Esarn University had conducted many offcampus classes for the programme offering a certificate in teaching, but without a permit, he said.

Since these classes were considered unofficial, their students would also be in trouble, he added.

In the wake of the Esarn University scandal, the Higher Education Commission has resolved to stop the offering of offcampus courses across the country.

The commission has long been concerned about the quality of the satellite centres.

Associate Professor Kamjorn Tatiyakavee, deputy secretary general of the Higher Education Commission, said the prohibition would not apply to preapproved courses now ongoing.

"Where necessary, offcampus courses can still be opened too," he said.

There is hardly any need to hold branch courses anyway, given that there are well over 100 universities in the country, Kamjorn said.

"There are enough universities to serve people across the country now."

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