Saudi investigators find thousands of expats with fake degrees

Published:  15 Mar at 6 PM
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An investigation by the Saudi Council of Engineers has uncovered the disturbing fact that more than 15,000 expat engineers working mainly in the construction industry are holding fake degree certificates.

The news has caused a backlash by Saudi Arabian internet users accusing the council of reducing what they see as a major scandal to mere statistics. Many of the complainants are voicing their concerns over the news that at least 850 fake degree certificates were found to be held by expatriate workers in the public sector.

Concerns that schools and public buildings may have been constructed in a sub-standard manner are surfacing, with call for transparency as to the names and locations of the offenders. Others are criticising the Saudi Commission for Health Specialities for their lack of action over the discovery of 1,047 fake degrees held by workers in the private heath sector and a further 489 fake certificates held by workers in the public sector.

The scandal and the authorities’ perceived lacklustre reaction has led to anonymous posts on Saudi Arabia's internet naming and shaming known offenders. Those names include health professionals working as consultants as well as, surprisingly, Saudi national members of the powerful Shoura Council.

Saudi’s daily newspaper, Okaz, is calling for the outing of the culprits, saying that although Islam conjoins its faithful not to condemn those who commit errors, the religion also calls for justice. Okaz also states its concerns over the possibility of non-qualified engineers being called upon by Saudi citizens to build houses which later collapse.

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