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Tens of thousands of fake education qualifications in Greece

24 September 2013

Dear Editors,

Deputy Interior Minister Leonidas Grigorakos, after thorough authenticity investigations of degrees/diplomas/certificates in Greece, concluded and declared that 10% of all civil servants’ education qualifications were falsified. [3][4][5]

85,000 applied for jobs in the public sector, only recently, presenting fake degrees/diplomas/certificates, but somehow managed to be hired! [5][6]

The Minister called for the qualifications of all civil servants hired in the past 20 years to be checked for authenticity. [3]

Such corruption and lack of legitimacy could be also widespread in the private sector. [1][2]

Greek graduates are allowed to apply for jobs anywhere in the European Union.

Reviewers and employers in the U.K. must be aware that tens of thousands of fake degrees/diplomas/certificates are in existence in Greece.

References

[1] http://www.bmj.com/content/339/bmj.b3783?tab=responses
[2] http://www.bmj.com/content/329/7457/70.4/rr/645779
[3] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_29/08/2013_516187
[4] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_28/08/2013_515968
[5] http://www.eurointelligence.com/news-details/article/greece-found-10-of-...
[6] http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/08/23/greek-aerospace-industry-man...

Competing interests: None declared

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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