by HEVIDAR AHMED
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Fake education certificates are on the rise in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region, with forged diplomas uncovered daily and three found inside the ministry of education itself, an official said.
She added that the ministry had found around 200 suspect diplomas from outside the Kurdistan Region, and was investigating these.
Barzinji revealed she had received threats and offers of cash for agreeing to remain silent about forged diplomas her department had found.
“Some high-ranking government officials had fraudulent diplomas and begged me not to send my report to the Ministry of Finance about their fake documents, but I sent it regardless,” Barzinji said, calling on the Kurdistan Regional Government to ensure that all its employees possessed genuine educational certificates.
According to a government decree, anyone who exposes fraudulent official documents is entitled to a reward of 500,000 Iraqi dinars.
But Barzinji said, “We are doing our job here and we have not received any financial rewards for discovering all these fake documents. We have asked for a risk factor allowance several times, because we receive threats constantly, but the authorities have refused,” she said.
This article was written by HEVIDAR AHMED and originally published on rudaw