The Department of Personnel (MOM) has revealed that it is currently examining 15 certificate holders in Singapore who have declared education skills from Manav University in Harty in their job applications.
The private university in Himachal Pradesh state in India was recently caught for selling 36,000 degrees across 17 countries for more than 11 years, the Times of India reported earlier this month.
“If they are found to have falsely declared their educational skills, their work transitions will be canceled immediately and they will be permanently banned from the deal in Singapore,” an MOM spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday (February 17).
MOM added that employers have a duty to ensure the “authenticity and quality” of the academic skills of the foreigners they are interested in employing, especially before applying for a job transfer for them.
MOM further said that as an additional means of protection, it conducts its own inspections after the employer submits the academic documents of the staff members.
“We are closely examining academic institutions, companies and academics at higher risk, conducting further tests and requiring the submission of proof of verification of the qualifications declared in selected applications,” it read.
Previous cases of foreigners caught for falsifying skills in their applications
However, this is not the first time such an event has happened in Singapore. In fact, the actual scope of this issue in Singapore is much larger than most would expect.
In 2015, Indian-born Singapore citizen Nisha Padmanbhan became embroiled in controversy after including her MBA degree in a job application. Her MBA degree was issued by the University of the South Pacific (SPU), a factory for suspect degrees.
Ms. Nisha was an employee of the Infocom Development Authority (IDA), now known as the Media Infocom Development Authority (IMDA). After its initial investigations, IDA concluded that Ms. Nisha “did not mislead” the statutory committee, as her MBA “is not a certificate relevant to her position at IDA.”
However, she later changed her position and said she “continues to look into the matter, as the public uproar continues.
At the end, ID confirmed Her position – that Ms. Nisha’s employment was not based on considerations of her MBA degree “since her position requires only a bachelor’s degree, and that she also considers her relevant skills and previous work experience,” according to the Strait. times.
In 2019, Michi Brushz, the foreigner at the Singapore HIV Registration Leak Center, actually used fake university degrees to get jobs at Tamsk Polytechnic (TP) and Bangi Ann Polytechnic (NP) while working in Singapore.
When TP was asked by the media how Brochez was able to recruit the school with fake degrees, a TP spokesman said, “Based on the documents Brochez submitted in his job application in 2008, he met the job requirements.”
Cypress, who started working in Singapore in 2008, managed to impress TP so much that the institute even allowed him to set up a child psychology clinic in polytechnics, to provide counseling and assessment services when he was with TP.
However, the independent British newspaper The Independent later revealed that the brochure certificates were forged.
Regarding the hiring of TP and NP Brushes despite his forged skills, Mr. Alvin Ang, director of the Quantum Career Consultants Department, calls the supervision by TP and NP a “serious violation of professional ethics.” He said, “You employ him as a lecturer. The academic aspect of his degree is the most important part, so how can you miss it?”
Aside from this case, in September 2019, the District Court here, a Pakistani state citizen, Muhammad Suhil, was charged with lying on his permanent residence application (PR) to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) more than 20 years ago.
Suhil first came to Singapore in 1995 in an employment transition (EP) and soon married a Singaporean woman the following year. Between September and October 1997, he applied for public relations and falsely stated that he had a bachelor’s degree from Punjab University.
In fact, he submitted a fake degree, which he obtained from his cousin in Pakistan. It is not known if he used the same fake degree to get his EP earlier to allow him to work in Singapore. In any case, Suhail’s PR request was approved in December 1997.
What is even more amazing is that it took the IAs more than 20 years to uncover the fake title sent by the Pakistanis and how he got the EP to work in Singapore in 1995 before marrying the Singaporean woman.
The Pakistani man is not the only one who has managed to deal with the ICA in giving them public relations by producing a fake degree.
In January last year, a 38-year-old Filipina woman was jailed for “submitting false statements” to ICA over her and her daughter’s PR requests.
De Luna Noriza Dansel submitted allegedly false documents from Centro Escular University during her PR application in 2008 and 2009. She was eventually granted PR status by ICA but was arrested only about a decade later in 2017 for submitting the forged documents. It took another two years until Sde Luna was prosecuted and sentenced.
These issues are not new.
In 2007 Hong Kong National Tao was arrested in China after it was found that his degree from the Anhui Institute of Electro Mechanics was fake. The man who worked as an engineer in Singapore for eight years before his arrest was granted public relations in September 2006.
As for the scam recently revealed at Manav University in Harty, many of the web surfers also shared their personal encounters with their colleagues from India, who seemingly have only the minimal knowledge and skills to perform a particular task.
To make matters worse, they even said that senior management was turning a blind eye to the situation even though they knew that these foreign workers had less abilities than equality.
According to MOM, in the last five years, an average of 660 foreigners have been permanently banned from working in Singapore each year for submitting fake education skills in their job applications.
At that time, an average of eight foreigners were convicted and punished by the courts each year for making false statements about education skills.
Nevertheless, MOM records show that the number of people moving to work (EP), S and work permits granted to foreigners has been steadily rising since 2007.
The numbers in the S Pass have been on the rise since 2007, except for a slight decline in 2020. However, EP and work permit data vary between 2007 and 2019, with a slight decline in 2020.
Based on all the previous cases of fake education skills highlighted in the article, it clearly shows that this problem has been occurring for a long time.
These cases are just some of those reported and discovered. As such, it is impossible not to wonder if the authorities are doing much to prevent such a recurrence in the country.
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