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Vietnamese woman fined for using neighbor’s diploma to enroll in university, work as teacher

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 17:11 GMT+7

A Vietnamese woman has been fined for using another person’s high school diploma to enroll in university and work as a teacher in the past 25 years.

The People’s Committee in Buon Ma Thuot City, located in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, on Wednesday imposed a VND4 million (US$173) fine upon Le Thi Nga, 46, a teacher at Luong The Vinh Middle School.

Nga also had her high school diploma revoked by competent authorities and will be dismissed by the school management board over the next days.

Information provided by authorities showed that Nga, who hails from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, had only finished eighth grade.

In 1992, Nga borrowed the high school diploma of her neighbor – 49-year-old Le Thi Ngoc Chau.

Nga, along with her father, then asked a commune-level official to change her name to Le Thi Ngoc Chau, before using the diploma to enroll in a technical school.

The woman later advanced to college and graduated in 1997

She went to the Hanoi National University of Education from 2009 to 2013 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music.

Nga began teaching music at a middle school in Thanh Hoa Province in 1996, after finishing her courses at a technical school.

In 2000, Nga and her husband moved to Dak Lak Province, where she was tasked with teaching at an elementary school in Buon Don District.

From 2013, she became a teacher of Luong The Vinh Middle School in Buon Ma Thuoc City.

The board of Luong The Vinh Middle School previously convened a working session with Nga to review her wrongdoing in late December.

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