By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Individuals who were employed as teachers with fraudulent academic credentials and received salaries illegally for years have been convicted.
Three individuals who were employed in a school with fake academic credentials were found to be teaching without certified qualifications and skills, Tikvah reported here today.
The Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Wolkite brought charges against defendants Eyob Dino, Desta Darcha and Belachew Beyene who were arrested while teaching students without their certified skills and qualifications at “Anzire Primary School” in Gurage Zone, Central Ethiopia Region, Tikvah said.
The first accused, Eyob Dino, was hired with fake credentials pretending to have graduated with a diploma from Arba-Minch College of Teachers Education in biological science. The defendant has been hired using his illegal academic document since December 2019 as a mathematics teacher at Anzire Primary School and was paid a total salary of Birr 215, 739, according to Tikvah.
The second defendant, Desta Darcha, was employed by Anzire Primary School with false college academic credentials as a teacher of the English Language. The accused Pretended to have graduated from Arba-Minch College of Teachers Education and has served illegally at the afore-mentioned school since December 2020. During his stay at the school, Desta was reportedly paid illegally a total salary of Birr 119,800.
The third defendant Belachew Beyene submitted a fake academic credential by pretending to have graduated from Arba-Minch College of Teachers Education with a diploma in Mathematics and has been employed as a teacher at the same School since December 2020. The accused, Belachew, was paid illegally a total of 119,800 Birr, Tikvah said.
The news source further said that the three defendants have caused an immeasurable amount of damage to the students while teaching without certified skills and qualifications and caused an estimated loss of Birr 455, 755 to the government by receiving salaries illegally.
The prosecutor filed a charge of corruption for producing and using bogus academic credentials, causing great damage to the government.
It has been submitted in the lawsuit that the accused should return the wages they have received illegally.
The Wolkite Area Supreme Court found all three defendants guilty stating that the evidence presented by the prosecutor was sufficient.
The Supreme Court sentenced every accused individual to five years terms of imprisonment and passed a decision that they should reimburse the salary of Birr 455,755 which they received illegally including and a fine of Birr 2,000.
Supply Chain Africa (digital web magazine) reported in March 2023 that Cases of fraud, fake degrees, and fake credentials have been rampant in Ethiopia. Last April alone, the government identified over 200,000 fake degree certificates, according to the magazine.
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