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Police investigate Limkokwing students over fake certificates

Caswell Tlali

MASERU — Police are investigating senior officials at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and the Examination Council of Lesotho (ECOL) for allegedly helping 43 students to fraudulently acquire certificates to qualify for university entry.
Limkokwing spokesperson, Tefo Macheli, has confirmed that the police are investigating some students at the university.
Police spokesperson Senior Inspector Masupha Masupha also confirmed that two officials from Limkokwing and ECOL face charges of fraud.
“The examination council told us that out of 1 014 students who passed the high school leaving exams, 43 of them who are our students have acquired certificates fraudulently,” Macheli said.
“Also, the police have told us that they are investigating the students for the offence,” he said.
Masupha said the police, acting on a tip-off, launched investigations against two officials and discovered that they had worked in cahoots to issue certificates for the students who were later admitted at the Limkokwing University.
“Investigations against the two officials have been completed,” Masupha said.
“We are also investigating the students for possessing fake certificates and using them to gain entry at the university,” he said.
The Limkokwing University has erected a big board with an announcement that all students who passed high school in 2010 and 2011 should send their symbols or transcripts back to ECOL for closer inspection.
It is suspected that the students under investigation did not have the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate, the Ordinary Level qualification allowing an admission to a tertiary institution in Lesotho.
Forms D and E, the last two years of high school, prepare students for the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) Examinations at the Ordinary (O) level.

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