Let the employer beware


  • Education
  • Sunday, 21 Nov 2004

AS with a lot of things, everyone, including the Malaysian Employers' Federation (MEF) is jumping on the bandwagon urging the government to set up a body to vet and verify foreign degrees. What a waste of resources and effort, I would say. 

By right, it should be the obligation of the employer (or whoever concerned) to verify the authenticity of a degree . A golden rule to follow is, if it sounds very posh and too good to be true, the chances are it is fake. For example, it is highly improbable for a guy who cannot string a simple sentence together to have obtained a degree in English Philosophy  

One can, of course, turn to establishments which charge as little as RM128 for a comprehensive screening service. So, use them. It should not be the government's duty to monitor anything and everything.  

If people want to boost their own ego by getting a fake degree, a Master's or a doctorate qualification, so be it. The silly ones are those who fall for this trick.  

People in the position of recruitment and admission must equip themselves with the skills to evaluate the paper work submitted so that they can identify a dud when they see one. Speaking to a candidate will also alert you to the pitfalls immediately.  

On the other hand, if a candidate with a fake degree can undertake the work assigned to him or her better than a computer-illiterate graduate from Oxbridge, so be it.  

Why such a big fuss? One should always practice caveat emptor.  

 

R. VENGADASALAM 

Petaling Jaya  


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