CAMEROON: Fewer fraudulent foreign degrees detected

Cameroon's official commission that evaluates qualifications obtained by students abroad, detected 14 false diplomas at its first meeting of the year in Yaoundé, reported of Douala.

The 64th meeting in late April of the Commission nationale d'évaluation des formations dispensées à l'étranger found the 14 false degrees among 481 cases examined from 32 countries. The tally was substantially lower than the 106 identified out of more than 500 submissions during the last session, in November 2010.

Quotidienmutations cited the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Higher Education, Dominique Mvogo, as saying that the role of the commission was to "examine the many diplomas awarded by foreign countries and institutions under international statute" to Cameroonian students.

Mvogo expressed satisfaction that very few cases had been sent back needing further clarification, and that the number of appeals was insignificant. This showed that "the examination of cases has become easier and more rapid", he said.

The commission is composed of representatives from several government bodies, including the prime minister's office and the ministries of higher education, civil service and administrative reform, labour, higher education, employment and professional training.

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