Degrees of Kuwaitis, expats in govt sector to be verified

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142 Kuwaitis found with fake Egyptian certificates

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: The forged university certificates issue has resurfaced, but this time, it concerns expatriates working in government agencies. The evaluation covers all expatriate public sector employees regardless of the number of years in service, including those who reached 60 years old and hold high school certificates obtained from private schools and were able to complete university degrees recently. Chairman of the parliamentary Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee MP Dr Hamad Al-Matar said the investigative panel discovered last week that 142 Kuwaitis employed in public institutions are holding forged certificates issued by several Egyptian universities.

He affirmed this is based on the results of the investigations conducted by the concerned committees, Ministry of Higher Education and the Council of Ministers. He added the same step will be taken for expatriate workers in the public sector.

In a related development, sources disclosed that the government will soon start reviewing the academic certificates of expatriates employed in the government sector. Sources explained that the government will not stop at verifying the certificate; as it will conduct practical and theoretical tests for some degree holders, especially the engineers, in cooperation with Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Sources added this could lead to the discovery of a large number of forged academic certificates among the expatriates working in the government sector, and then a similar measure will be taken for those employed in the private sector. Sources also clarified that after applying the new health insurance decision on expatriates who reached 60 years old and hold secondary certificates, the government will evaluate the certificates of university degree holders. By Al-Seyassah / Arab Times daily

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