The Communist Party unit of Hanoi's
Department of Natural Resources and Environmen has reprimanded an officer who "voluntarily" took a professional refresher exam for his boss to ingratiate himself with the senior official.
Phan Thanh Quang, deputy chief of the department' Measurement and Mapping Division, was caught sitting for Nguyen Trong Dong's exam at Le Hong Phong Officials' Training School on October 19, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Nguyen Van Sau, the school's principal, said Quang was caught after the supervisor found him acting awkward at the exam.
Quang confessed to Sau he took the exam for his boss because Dong was away on a business trip that day and he wanted to ingratiate himself with Dong.
Sau also said Dong had previously handed a letter to him, informing he could not sit for the exam because of his business trip.
Meanwhile, officials attending the class said Dong was present at the class only several times.
The Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment's Party unit has not mentioned whether it would investigate Dong's possible involvement in the case.