Just last week, the Osaka Prefectural Education Committee revealed that they had terminated the services of a 45-year-old male social studies teacher at a municipal middle school in Higashiosaka, as he had been teaching for 15 years without a proper license. The man had already taught in four municipal middles schools, starting the charade 15 years ago on a forged teaching license. Apart from terminating the man, the education board is now reviewing if he can be held criminally liable for the compensation he collected during that time.
“We have never heard of an example where someone had taught for 15 years without a license,” Japan’s Ministry of Education commented on the issue. According to the Osaka committee, the forgery was only discovered because of a periodical process of renewing teachers’ licenses, and the “fake” teacher was discovered when he tried to renew his license early this year. The man had apparently forged his license by changing the name on one that he had borrowed from a friend, and then submitted it as requirement for getting a teaching job. On forged license, the man’s name and date of birth were recorded, but because the license number corresponded to a different person, the man had admitted the forgery upon questioning.
“Even though I had told those around me I was going to be a teacher, I couldn’t graduate from university,” the man admitted. “I was always on edge, wondering when I’d get caught,” he added. The Osaka education committee is now pursuing the matter of 15 years of salary that the man collected with the Osaka Prefectural Police. On the matter of graduation certificates of students who had taken this teacher’s classes, as well as the grade promotion certificates for current students of the school, the committee had decided that they were still valid.
[via Japan Crush]
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