2 probed for forging minister's signature for medical university admission

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The chairman of a vocational school and a teacher in the central province of Thanh Hoa have been arrested for allegedly forging the Vietnamese education minister's signature for admitting students to a medical school.

The Thanh Hoa police said Friday they are investigating Nguyen Duc Tam, 55, chief of the Van Hien Thanh Hoa Medicine and Pharmacy Vocational School in 2010, and Tran Thanh Nhat, 33, a teacher in the northern city of Hai Phong.

They allegedly faked the signature and seal of Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan to 'approve' a list of 28 medical and nursing students they enrolled at the Hai Phong Medical University.

Tam's school had been in charge of recruiting students for the course they ran in cooperation with the Hai Phong university.

The duo then sent the forged list to the university on December 2010, but the fraud was only detected earlier this year when the ministry launched inspections into the university's training courses.

A source told Thanh Nien that after the forgery came to light, 18 of the 28 students were found ineligible for admission and expelled.

Tam and Nhat face charges of "faking seals and documents of organizations," which carries a jail term of up to seven years.

Tam, who has not even completed high school, was last year found to have faked a degree certificate from the Hanoi-based University of Civil Engineering for establishing the school in 2007.

Nhat, a teacher at Nam Ha Secondary School, has been taken into custody for three months for the investigation, the police said. 

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