Two senior university officials at Delmon University in Bahrain have been sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of grade fixing, it was reported.
A Sudanese computer technician, 40, and a Bahraini informatics centre manager, 34, were convicted of forging eight certificates and increasing the exam results of 36 students by the High Criminal Court, Gulf Daily News reported.
It was reported the pair made the changes in 2012 in an attempt to boost the university's income by allowing more students to carry on with their studies, the court heard.
Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges last July, but the Sudanese man later told prosecutors that his co-defendant ordered him to manipulate the students’ exam results using a computer at the university.
“The court trusts prosecution witnesses' testimonies and evidence provided by prosecutors, therefore the defendants were found guilty of forgery,” court documents cited by Gulf Daily News said.
“The charges have all been connected to forgery, therefore the court handed the maximum sentence to the defendants for forgery.”
The court also ordered all forged documents to be confiscated and for the Sudanese man, who was sentenced in absentia, to be deported after completing his sentence.
In October, Delmon University for Science and Technology in Hoora had its licence revoked by Bahrain’s Higher Education Council after repeatedly failing to hand over almost 1,000 certificates and transcripts thought to be connected to the grade-fixing scandal.
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