Of fake degrees and fraudulent education: The teacher has spoken!

Posted: January 30, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Education, Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers, Pal Chol Nyan

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


January 30, 2018 (SSB) — Thank you, Professor Muludiang for having come out clearly against fake degrees. This situation of admission for degrees without the prescribed preconditions are destroying not only Zimbabwe but also our country. The truth of the matter as you clearly and succinctly stated is that this woman has never set foot on the campus of any University.

It was Mugabe, her husband, who awarded her with a PhD without having had to go through the normal academic way of earning a Doctorate of Philosophy.  Close home, some of our people have also set to obtain degrees as if the knowledge was in having a Master’s or a PhD degree.

The education system even here is distorted; it is corrupted. It is not as it used to be during your time. I could recall that when you were a VC of the U of J in Khartoum, everything was streamlined but when these people came, the whole thing is about attaining a certificate without proper and formal schooling as they honestly stated that the certificates do not count in this country.

There are many who enroll in the Universities which are not chartered or accredited and boast of having obtained degrees in months. Some roam around here and in a week or two, you see them in graduation gowns. There is a misconception that education is about having a big certificate. They ought to know that it is knowledge, skills, and change of behavior that is education.

Why people rush to earn doctorates? Nobody is jealous or envious of anybody’s academic achievement but it should be proper.  Those who follow the normal academic ladder are now victimized by owners of these fake degrees. Look at the graduates our Universities are producing now compared to years back before they came. They do not have what it takes to be called a graduate.

Their English leaves a lot to be desired. The skills are wanting. It is a shame that graduates can’t express themselves clearly in English. It is vital to review our education system in the country although it would not abode well with them. The illegally acquired certificates should be annulled. There are no Generals with regards to education.

 It is good that the top scholars are now seeing what is happening, people employed not on merits or with fake certificates whose veracities have not been established. The victims are those who have had formal school.

The author, Pal Chol Nyan, is a Graduate from the College of Radiological Medical Sciences from Sudan University of Sciences and Technology. He also holds a Diploma in Teaching Methodology and a Diploma in General Medical Sciences. He was a red army soldier, a former Primary school teacher, currently serving as a General Medical Practitioner in Juba Teaching Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. He is a columnist with local newspapers in Juba/South Sudan and contributes in many websites about social, security and economic. You can reach him via his email: palcholnyan2016@gmail.com

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