Bogus diplomas gone wild
There is an insidious malady, of recent vintage, seeking to envelop beautiful T&T. I have dubbed it “Diploma Manic Syndrome’’ or DMS.
DMS rears its ugly head whenever any individual, with false/bogus certification is appointed to a post that carries a high salary and hefty perks. He/she usually has a powerful “godfather” to assist in this malfeasance.
DMS further manifests itself when that unworthy person is found out and the fraud becomes public knowledge. These undeserving souls are bold enough to demand severance payments, bonuses and vacation monies.
DMS also occurs when information of the con artist’s miscreance is brought to the attention of the board’s chairman, under whose watch he/she falls and, that chairman, in typical passing the buck style, hands the file over to the legal department, with great dispatch (and doing sweet nothing).
DMS is again exhibited when the line minister is informed of the fraudulent act and he simply states that the embarrassment to the conman and his family, by having his trickery exposed, may be enough punishment for the crime. “Nuff said!”
Let us hope that DMS has not spread its tentacles to the young ones, because only recently it was suspected that children cheated in a competition sponsored by the Integrity Commission. “Lord put a hand!”