TOUGH ACTION ON FAKE CERTIFICATES

Attestation of certificates mandatory

MUSCAT: In response to the issue of fake certificates going viral on various social media platforms recently, the Government Communication Centre on Thursday has issued a circular to all employers requesting them to abide guidelines.
The statement called upon the need for attestation by the Ministry of Higher Education of academic certificates obtained from abroad. The centre said that all persons are obliged to attach certified documents and transcripts when registering any request related to updating their data and qualifications. Otherwise, the application will not be processed, in addition to the signature of the applicant with an undertaking that if the provided data is false, he or she shall bear legal consequences.
The statement also stressed the need for the institutions concerned to directly react with what is posted on the social media on this issue, in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education and to clarify the procedures taken against all those who have obtained such fake certificates.
This comes in the light of the government’s keenness to enhance interaction of parties concerned with the issues posted on social media platforms and in view of what has been circulated recently cases in which academic certificates issued by fake universities were attached with the forms for employment. Recently, the Ministry of Higher Education had said that it was closely following reports on social media about local companies employing people with certificates obtained from fake universities.
The ministry said that it had always been taking suitable action whenever it received complaints vis-a-vis fake academic certificates.
The Director of Certificate Attestation and Equivalency at the ministry had said that the decision taken by GCC countries in December 2012 lays down rules for verifying the authenticity of academic certificates of those applying for jobs in the member countries.
The official had said the ministry has also approved a special regulation on the attestation of non-Omani higher education institutions and the equivalency of certificates issued by these institutions.
As per the regulation, any certificate issued by a foreign university should by attested and approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. Otherwise, it will not be treated as a valid document. — ONA