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Korea Diploma Mill Scandal Widens, 29 Indicted

Since our previous blog about the diploma mill scandal in Seoul, Korea, the investigation has widened to include the indictment of 19 additional teacher at private educational institutes. Also, 10 others were indicted by the Seoul  Central Prosecutors Office for purchasing forged college diplomas and transcripts over the Internet.

Since the July scandal involving two prominent teachers, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education has scrutinized over 48,000 diplomas to verify attendance and graduation. Those indicted recently had either used fake college degrees to gain employment in the prestigious private schools or had started their own schools. Two teachers used the fake diplomas to work for the largest online education company in Korea listed on the KOSDAQ stock exchange. Most had never even attended the schools from which they claimed to graduate.

The private educational institutes, called hagwon, are prevalent in Korea and offer accelerated training to students from elementary through high school and beyond. The schools supplement a number of subjects — including math, science, foreign language, art and English. For parents who can afford it, these schools are an important tool in preparing their children to gain entry into the most prestigious universities and colleges.  Parents are outraged and shocked that their children have been studying under these unqualified teachers.

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