Dean to return his children’s diplomas

DANIEL Bánoci, the dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Alexander Dubček in Trenčín, promised that he will return the diplomas awarded to his son and daughter who, along with a member of the Academic Senate, Drahomíra Janíková, are under suspicion of having received their diplomas after studying at the university for only a very short time, the SITA newswire reported.

DANIEL Bánoci, the dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Alexander Dubček in Trenčín, promised that he will return the diplomas awarded to his son and daughter who, along with a member of the Academic Senate, Drahomíra Janíková, are under suspicion of having received their diplomas after studying at the university for only a very short time, the SITA newswire reported.

The university’s rector, Miroslav Mečár, told the media that an investigation is continuing and will review the whole university. If the suspicions are not proven, the dean’s children will get their diplomas back.

The daughter of the dean, Daniela Bánociová, is reported to have completed her studies within a couple of months instead of the normal five years necessary for a degree. Drahomíra Janíková reportedly received her degree after two years.

After the Pravda daily broke the story about so-called 'express diplomas' for some students at Trenčín University, the Education Ministry appointed a commission to carry out an inquiry at the university.

Education Minister Ján Mikolaj has already filed a motion with the prosecutor to examine the issuance of diplomas at the faculty.

Mikolaj believes that several parts of the law may have been violated by the university. He also indicated that forgery as well as bribery may have occurred at the university.

Based on the first stage of the inquiry, the Education Ministry will now inspect the credentials of all graduates of one particular study programme, SITA reported.

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