Mod, najua kabisa kuwa maudhui ya hii post yalishajadiliwa sana hapa, hata hivyo naomba uniruhusu nirudie tena kwani wahenga walisema si vibaya kujikumbusha mambo ya muhimu. Nilikuwa natafuta kopi ya sheria fulani pale kwenye tovuti ya Bunge nikakaribishwa na CV ya mbunge mmoja iliyonivutia sana ikanifanya niiangalie kwa makini. CV yenyewe nimeibandika hapa. Ukiangalia hiyo timeline ya hizo digrii nilizowekea alama na hayo madaraka aliyokuwa nayo serikalini, unashindwa kuelewa kama huyu mtu kweli alikuwa anafanya kazi au alikuwa shuleni. Na kama kweli mtu anaweza kusoma digii nyingi hivyo kwa muda mfupi linakuja swali jingine tena kuwa kwa nini hakuzipata digii hizo kabla hajapata madaraka? Kilichonifurahisha zaidi ni vile vyuo alikopatia digrii hizo. University of Phoenix imekuwa kwenye headlines kwa muda mrefu kuwa ni digrii mill, hivyo sitaiongelea. Ninapenda kuongelea hiyo University of Newcastle ambacho ni chuo cha heshima kubwa sana kitaaluma; kimoja kiko England na kingine kiko Australia. Ukiangalia digrii za mheshimiwa huyo utadhani kazipata kutoka mojawapo ya vyuo hivyo na unaweza kumheshimu sana hadi utakaposoma hii: Outrage in academic world at fake degrees sold online Mar 15 2008 by Liz Hands, The Journal FAKE degrees from the North-Easts top universities are on offer for less than £40 a time. Victoria Murphy holds a fake degree which was sold on the internet The bogus certificates, printed on parchment, carry replicas of university crests and embossed seals. They can be obtained at the touch of a button from an internet site which boasts that with its help, getting a certificate is as easy as 1, 2, 3. On offer are phoney qualifications in the name of Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities. Academics at the regions leading educational institutions and politicians are outraged at the scam. But Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell warned it was difficult to prosecute in cases like this. Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, of the Department for Innovation and Skills Select Committee, last night pledged to call for a Commons investigation. She went on: If people are buying these degrees to pretend it is something they have, then that is surely fraudulent. It is also unfair on the students who put a lot of time and effort into getting their qualification from a recognised institution. A Newcastle University spokesman said: The fact that this website is offering fake degrees is very worrying and we will be investigating it further. A statement issued by Northumbria University said: We absolutely oppose the selling of fake certificates, as it clearly undermines the hard work, talent and commitment of genuine students. A warning was issued by Durham University. Their spokesman said: Any attempt by someone to pass off a fake degree certificate as the genuine article could lead to serious repercussions for the person concerned. And at Sunderland, they were anxious to emphasise the differences between their certificates and the fakes. They said: We would expect all employers, as we do, to have a number of checks in place to ensure a potential employees credentials. The website, The Certificate Factory, describes itself as your online source for authentic fake degrees, fake diplomas, fake HNDs/HNCs, fake transcripts and more. It boasts: We can provide fake degrees for any university or college in the UK and worldwide. With the additional use of authentic crests and logos, youre the only one who will know that you have a fake certificate. Its as easy as 1,2, 3. Each certificate costs £39.95. For an extra £49.95, buyers can also have a transcript a breakdown of the marks they supposedly achieved to earn their degree. The website, which has sister sites around the world, claims its products are intended for novelty use. But a statement from Universities UK, which represents higher education across the country, said: You would have to be quite naive to believe that such certificates are being purchased for novelty purposes. Despite disclaimers on such websites, it is quite clear that this activity is dishonest and could result in serious consequences for someone trying to pass it off as a genuine UK degree certificate. And Diane Warwick, Universities UK chief executive, said such certificates devalued the efforts of genuine students who work hard to achieve their degrees. We have taken a strong line on this issue in the past, including legal action against one individual, and we will continue to work to counteract those who attempt to falsify qualifications, she said. We will be alerting the Government department to any such activity. She said a change in the law was needed before the issue could be properly tackled. Bill Rammell, Minister for Higher Education, agreed. He said: For those behind the sale of fake degrees to be successfully prosecuted in court, hard evidence is required to prove that they were deliberately complicit with their customers who, in turn, also have to be proven to have purchased fake degrees for financial advantage. Students are also angered by the scam. Jamie McDonnell, president of Newcastle Union Society, said he was deeply concerned. This website makes a mockery of the time and effort that dedicated hard working students put into achieving their qualifications, he said. I am offended by the nature of the website and by any organisation that condones its use for personal gain. And the higher education watchdog, the Quality Assurance Association, described the website as unacceptable. Their spokesman said: Anyone looking to buy such a certificate with the intention of using it to gain employment or admission into education could find themselves accused of deception. The Journal gave The Certificate Factory operators the chance to answer criticisms of their site, but they failed to take that opportunity. Last night, the website appeared to have been taken down. A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said the force would look into the matter if a complaint was received. Swali langu ni kwamba kama kweli watu wenye madaraka nchini wanapofanya upuuzi wa namna hii, je tunategemea watoto wafanye nini tofauti? Kwa nini tusiridhike na elimu zetu halali? Tabia hii ya kununua digrii feki kwa pauni 40 na kuzipeleka kwa wananchi ni namna nyingine ya rushwa.