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Fraudulent diplomas sold by Communist Leadership Academy
The Epoch Times
6/29/2004



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The Administrative Vice Principal of the Communist Leadership Academy in Hainan Province, Ye Bin is suspected of making money by selling 6,000 fraudulent diplomas. He has been relieved of his post and put under “double watch,” meaning that he will be investigated and ordered to confess his wrong doings at a specified time and place. It is reported that the Discipline Council of Hainan Province has entrusted the Provincial Audit Office to conduct financial audits to cover the last five years of his tenure and have also called on the local population to come forward with their suspicions and proof of his unlawful behavior.

China Youth Daily reported that since the Communist Leadership Academy in Hainan Province didn’t have the programs for a normal graduate school, they were not qualified to recruit and issue degrees to graduate students. After Ye Bin became the vice principal of this academy in 1998, he took a fancy to the great potential of “the strong market for the graduate degree.” Tempted by the potential lucrative rewards and the possibility of of “cultivating the young cadres,” Ye violated the rules to obtain an official document giving him authority to recruit graduate students, and he partnered with a famous university in northern China to conduct the programs for the new graduate students.

On top of that, again through falsification, Ye obtained the authority to issue diplomas to the graduate students. In that year alone, the Communist Leadership Academy in Hainan Province exceeded the quota of 40 graduate students set by their superior department and actually recruited 160 people. Large quantities of money rolled into their pockets. In 2001, the Communist Leadership Academy in Hainan took in as many as 500 graduate students and set up a new record of recruiting the graduate students in the system of the national Communist Leadership Academy system.

Seeing that their first attempt was rewarded with money, Ye and his people hit upon the idea of launching a “wholesale chain of diplomas.” Since 2000, the academy has built up their branches all over the counties and cities in Hainan Province with the massive profits being shared amongst the various representatives. As the main purpose of recruiting the students wasn’t to educate them, but to make money, as long as the students paid their tuition fees, Ye and his cronies were happy. In order to keep the numbers of student up and the money rolling in, the entry requirements for the students were lowered over and over. Even those without any educational background could become graduate students. Many local officials were thus able to hide their lack of education and took on the airs of “graduate students.”

In a certain county of Hainan Province, the directors of the Revenue Bureau and the Land Administration Bureau, the Deputy Director General of the Police Station, the manager of the Power Supply Company, the manager of the Tobacco Company and all the leaders of more than 40 towns and villages obtained graduate student degrees. Hainan Province soon rose to be the “best-educated” location in China.

Besides making the sudden huge profits by wholesale selling of graduate students’ diplomas, the academy also conducted educational programs for college students. However, since student numbers were low and so was the attendance rate, the teachers had to supply the answers to the test questions to their students, to ensure that all of them would pass the exams. Selling the answer sheets was also a way to make money for the academy. Each answer sheet was sold for 10 yuan (US $1.25).

According to the investigation, the diploma scam netted revenue totaling around 30,000,000 yuan (US $3,750,000). Deducting the money handed in to their superior department and the cost for teaching, there was still 17,000,000 yuan (US $2,125,000) falling into the pockets of Ye and his cronies. The true extent of others involvement is still to be investigated.

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