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Ministry announces discovery of forged diplomas, arrest of expat

KUWAIT CITY, July 18, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Ministry of Higher Education announced Wednesday the discovery of a number of forged diplomas issued by one of the Arab countries in the past few months for various university stages and the arrest of an expatriate accomplice working in the ministry.

The ministry said in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that as per the instructions of the Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Hamid Al-Azmi, the legal sector represented by the Department of Cases and Investigations in the Ministry began investigating what was circulated in the social networking sites about the arrest of one of the expatriates working in the ministry and his role in this regard.

It added that the investigation was carried out in cooperation with the Department of Equivalence of Scientific Degrees in the Ministry and the competent cultural office, which resulted in the transfer of many forged diploma holders to the Public Prosecution as well as the withdrawal of the equivalence of diplomas issued by the ministry during the past months. It pointed out that coordination with the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Interior was conducted to detect the accomplices responsible for forging such diplomas, pointing out that the constructive cooperation between the concerned parties led to the arrest of an expatriate working in the ministry.

Meanwhile, Civil Service Commission (CSC) has verbally approved the renewal of the contracts of about 200 Syrian teachers whose contracts were previously terminated either because they reached 65 years of age or were referred to retirement aft er spending 34 years in service, reports Al-Rai daily quoting educational sources. Th ey affirmed that the decision will be officially announced by CSC within the next few days, adding that the renewal of the contracts will be for the 2018/2019 academic year. It is worth mentioning that these 200 Syrian teachers had urged the political leadership to exempt them from these conditions due to the current unstable conditions in their country.

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