KUWAIT CITY, April 22, (KUNA): The Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has held talks with private sector’s representatives as part of the efforts to hammer out a national strategy against irregularities. Louai Al-Saleh, member of Nazaha’s board of trustees, told KUNA on Sunday that the authority officials held discussions with officials from 23 economic and financial institutions on priorities of the aspired plan, namely means of boosting integrity, transparency and combating corruption.
The session was held in coordination with the local higher council for planning and development and the UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme. Another session is scheduled, on Tuesday, with counterparts from public authorities and establishments. Meanwhile, Minister of Education and Higher Education DrHamid Al-Azmi declared that Ministry of Higher Education has referred a new batch of its employees to the Public Prosecution for holding university certificates that were discovered to be forged as per investigations, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
He indicated that another group will also be referred to the Public Prosecution in the coming few days, affirming that these moves are aimed to preserve the quality of education in the country. In a statement to KUNA, DrAl-Azmi stressed the keenness of the ministry to confront fake and forged academic certificates, revealing that the move is in line with directives issued by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to wage an unrelenting fight against corruption particularly in the education sector.
DrAl-Azmi said, “Ministry of Higher Education has referred a group of holders of university certificates, which were previously evaluated, to the Public Prosecution after these certificates were discovered to be tainted with suspicion of forgery when reviewed in the ministry’s registry”. He assured that the ministry will continue to take necessary measures with the aim of eradicating any suspicion on forgery of academic certificates in all levels, including graduate and post-graduate certificates.
Al-Azmi affirmed the keenness of the Council of Ministers to fight this phenomenon, considering it as one of the corruption phenomena in the country. He added that the ministry will take necessary measures with those found to have been using fake certificates. At the same time, the minister praised the efforts rendered by the ministry’s employees in all levels.