Deal with those with fake ‘papers’
WHAT message is being sent to young aspirants pursuing their education. They would have inherited the message from the “old culture” that education is the passport to success and when you work hard you would be located in a position commensurate with the level of your achievement be it a farmer, a clerk, a teacher, a professor or even a PM.
Fortunately many in this society would not have succumbed to this obscene anomaly, but the latter is becoming so pervasive, and at the highest levels at that, as in the instance of an officer in a matter of national importance a short time ago or in the case of the resignation of another on a State board who was less-than-honest about his qualifications and of yet another from the media who was stumped in getting a plum job in a particular ministry when questioned about his qualifications, one wonders how common this practice is, and whether in time it may become the pattern to falsify your qualifications to advance your position.
The latter seems a distinct possibility with political patronage in the matter of state appointments as rife as it is, irrespective of academic qualifications, and the consequent lack of regulation equally so, since many of the would be regulators themselves would have been appointed by a similar form of malfeasance, the question arises where we are headed as a people seeking to be progressive as a society.
The benchmark which educational achievement is as the passport to social mobility in civilised societies is under siege in the way criminals ply their trade with impunity, offering an attractive model for young ones in depressed communities, making the report card almost redundant in the process.
This pervasive falsifying of academic qualifications to succeed can only reinforce this retrograde behavioural pattern. As much as there is renewed effort to reduce the attraction of crime, an independent body associated with the Integrity Commission should be appointed to scrutinise all academic qualifications in every State enterprise and beyond, treating with dissemblers as the criminals that they are. Our integrity as a nation depends on it.
Dr Errol Benjamin