Liberia’s Deputy Education Minister Da-Thong Clarifies Academic Credential Saga

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Deputy Education Minister in Liberia, Mr. Latim Da-Thong, has clarified that at no time did he obtain fake credentials as being speculated on social media by Liberian activist based in Exile Martin Kollie.

He said the clarification was needed so as to bring to bed lingering credential saga, nothing that he has a lot to protect, especially his character, students and the office he occupies.

He said at no time did he mentioned that he holds multiple post graduate degrees as being rumored. “Remember, I went to school in the United States of America, the greatest country in the World, and everything I provide for you can be verified, this is no secret.’’ he intoned.

The Deputy Minister however, termed the speculation as highly political and a calculated attempt to stray his attention from national duty.

He said, “our generation must be better than this, if Liberia is to move forward,’’ he stressed.

Our reporter who covered the press conference said, Deputy Minister Da-Thong displayed copies of his academic credentials, using links, videos, photos, grade sheets and classmates to verify the credibility of his documents.

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Minister Da-Thong noted that as an ‘All American Scholar’, he obtained his first degree in Information Technology at SHAW University and a Master in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix in the United States.

According to Deputy Minister Da-Thong it was extremely frustrating at this time to come out in the public and defense his credentials and character he had fought to build over the years.

He termed the recent attack as a mere jealously and a calculated attempt to distract him of doing his best to improve the country’s ailing education sector. He was responding to multiple social media posts from a Liberian activist based in Exile Martin Kollie who in recent times has been linking Minister Da Thong and others to fraud and a fake credentials.

Da-Thong said as campaigner of academic crimes court he will not get involved in anything that will undermine the efforts of Government. Mr. Kollie in recent times has been releasing the names of public officials who he believes are holders of fake credentials and must be prosecuted.

The Liberian activist is on a campaign for the establishment of an academic Crimes Court, something he said will greatly save the Country from the hands of academic frauds. Deputy Education Minister Da Thong is the founder of Starz College of Science and Technology.

He has over fifteen years of experience as a teacher, lecturer, and project manager.

Additionally, he serves on the board of the Liberian Institute of Public Administration and Coco-Cola School of Science and Technology.

Da Thong served as an educationalist in the Wake County Public School System and as an instructor of Shaw University in the United States for several years prior to coming to Liberia in 2009.

Amb. Da Thong earned his first degree in Computer Science, before seeking multiple post-graduate studies, including an MBA and other international certifications such as A+, Network+, CISCO, MCSA and certificate in Project Management.

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