KSA finds 15,000 expat engineers with fake degrees

Findings spark witch-hunt with anonymous accusations posted online

Though a welcome exposure of malpractice the figures are a worrying indictment of the present standards of regulation in the Kingdom.
Though a welcome exposure of malpractice the figures are a worrying indictment of the present standards of regulation in the Kingdom.

The Saudi Council of Engineers has found that more than 15,000 expatriates working in the Kingdom in the engineering field are actually holding fake certificates, reported the Saudi Gazette.

Within the public sector as many as 850 fake certificates have also been found, and internet users have lashed out at the council for reducing the issue of fake certificates to mere statistics.

The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties also discovered 1,047 fake degrees in the private health sector and 489 fake certificates in the public health sector.

Anonymous people have since begun posting the names of those working in consultancy jobs and even Shoura Council members on the Internet, accusing them of holding fake degree certificates.

Daily newspaper Okaz has called for the real culprits to be revealed, saying: “Our religion enjoins us not to expose people who commit mistakes in their personal lives, but it also calls for justice.

“We do not want to see a Saudi citizen going to an engineer who is holding a fake certificate to build a house for him and then the house collapsing.”

 

 

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