Employee took bribes, fixed students' scores: university probe

By Tam Ngoc, Thanh Nien News

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Quy Nhon University in Binh Dinh Province. Photo: Tam Ngoc Quy Nhon University in Binh Dinh Province. Photo: Tam Ngoc

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An administrative assistant at Quy Nhon University has been found to have taken bribes from students to boost their grades by hacking into the school's computer database to fix their test results.
Dr Nguyen Dinh Hien, deputy director of Quy Nhon University, said Nguyen Ngoc Danh, an employee of the Training Department, had received VND132 million (US$6,000) to raise test scores for 71 students.
“We have found 71 students with marks changed,” Hien said. “There are differences between the marks in the original papers and in the database.”
The mark fraud helped 42 of those students graduate this summer. Higher marks helps 14 other students achieve the "Good" graduation ranking instead of "Average."
Four others got higher marks but their graduation ranking were not changed. Yet 11 others could not graduate even with their marks fixed.
With thousands of university graduates being jobless according to official figures, a university diploma has lost some charisma but is still considered a safe ticket which is better than nothing.
Many young job seekers in Vietnam also share a common belief that higher graduation scores secure them better payment.
Quy Nhon University began investigating the case after local media reported about falsified students' records earlier this month.
Most of the students in the scam majored in Economics.
Hien said Danh admitted receiving the money from two brokers, who were students at the same university. Danh had submitted the money to the school's director board, Hien said.
Danh was not granted access to the school's database, but as a graduate of information technology he could hack into the computer system, Hien said.
“We will investigate carefully and punish the right people,” Hien said.

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