As one of the millions of English teachers around the world, I take great pride in my job. I also take immense pleasure from hearing that my students have passed international exams such as IELTS, and TOEFL, or even improved their English to some degree. As a teacher, these are the reasons why we do our job.
So I have to say that I was seiously dismayed to see the following documentary by BBC’s Panorama recently.
While I quite understand that corruption is everywhere, with very few countries immune to it, I was the subject matter which is close to my heart. Upon further investigation, I found that the ‘certification’ industry is quite widespread, with contacts providing ‘Whatsapp’ numbers to provide ‘geniune’ certificates for a fee.
The effect this has on all hardworking, honest students or language learners has yet to be felt.