Students cheating under Loan Scheme could be prosecuted
February 26, 2019 8:28 am
Students caught providing false information in their application forms may be prosecuted by the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme Board.
Chair, Dixion Seeto has revealed they’re currently investigating a few cases, however no further information can be released due to student confidentiality.
Seeto says falsification of marks is one of the major fraudulent acts.
He says the TELS Board is working closely with the Solicitor General’s Office to penalize students providing false information.
“In some cases where they have not been able to get what they want from us directly, when we get the correct information. So when they take their appeal to some of the senior people in government – we find that some of the information given there is incorrect and in some cases fraudulent.”
Seeto says these types of issues are time consuming.
“If they have a good ground for appeal we will look at it and we will sort it out, but when the grounds are very very poor and defective and it’s not supported by proper information but by doctored and altered documentation where the marks have been altered and when we get it from the proper sources and it does not match – we are no looking at potentially prosecuting some of these people.”
The TELSB Chair says they are answerable to a lot of people including the Auditor General, Parliamentary sub-committees and the Education Ministry.