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Certificate to jail

Registrar of CXC, Dr Didacus Jules.

Buyers of fraudulent Caribbean Examination Council certificates had better think twice.

Registrar of CXC, Dr Didacus Jules, in a video statement this morning, warned them as he responded to claims by the Gleaner newspaper in Jamaica that CXC result slips were on sale there.

Yesterday the Gleaner reported that in an undercover operation a reporter “purchased” a Grade 1 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate pass in Mathematics. Such bogus CSEC documents reportedly cost JA $12,000 and up. The salesman also had for sale a fake degree from the University of the West Indies for JA $320,000, while a bogus Associate Degree certificate from the UWI could cost JA$220,000.

According to the Gleaner, the criminal however noted he and his partners had not “yet” mastered the ability to falsify the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations documents.

“Buyers beware, the presentation of these certificates could result in criminal charge being brought against the holders of the fraudulent results. Each participating territory has legislation in place to prosecute persons suspected of fraudulent activity in respect of CXC examinations.

“Holders of a fraudulent CXC slip will eventually be exposed when asked to present the official certificates or to request transcripts directly from CXC,” he said.

Jules assured the region that the integrity of the exam processing system and the security of the official certificate were still intact. He said the council would not take this matter lightly and would explore steps to further tighten its already stringent security measures. Furthermore, he also encouraged employers and tertiary institutions to require applicants to request transcripts to be sent directly to them from CXC; since they did not issue transcripts to individuals.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites, described the scam as scandalous.

“I wish we would put our energies towards passing the exam rather than faking the results. I think they will be quickly found out. The inability of those pretending to have passes will become quite apparent as they progress through whatever job or further education they are seeking, so it is a futile effort that they are wasting their money on,” he said.

Efforts to reach Barbados education officials proved futile. (KC)

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