Ontario private schools handed out 1,500 fraudulent diplomas in one year, auditor says
Dozens of private high schools in Ontario hand out fraudulent graduation diplomas to students, award higher grades than earned or give credit for courses not attended, says the provincial auditor.
In fiscal 2011/2012, 30 private schools requested and received 1,500 more diplomas than the number of Grade 12 students enrolled in their programs, says Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk in her annual report, released on Tuesday.
Private schools are supposed to provide the ministry with the credits taken and grades achieved for each student enrolled in Grade 12. However, the auditor says, “the ministry is having significant difficulty in obtaining all the required information from all private schools in a timely manner.”
The ministry has a rigorous verification process in place for public schools, the auditor says. It hands out diplomas, signed by the Education Minister, only after ensuring that a student has successfully completed all courses necessary for graduation. In the private sector, by contrast, the ministry is relying on the “good faith” of school administrators, the auditor says.
As of this June, the ministry had not received information from one quarter of private schools for the 2011/12 academic year.
The auditor found significant concerns at 100 schools, raising questions about whether the students actually earned the credits towards their Grade 12 graduation diploma.
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