According to a report, the government of Ethiopia discovered over 200, 000 fake degree certificates.
Since some of these degrees were provided by university colleges, the government is considering invalidating some degree certificates, the vast bulk of which are retained by government officials.
However, more than five million students in 3,680 primary and secondary schools all over Ethiopia are anticipated to get their digital IDs in the coming months as the government and Cardano collaborate to create a blockchain database of the country’s students and teachers’ credentials.
Blockchain is considered to be a solution to the country’s education sector’s scam and forged degree cases due to its transparency and immutability.
In 2021, the Ethiopian government will collaborate with the research and engineering firm Input Output Global (IOG) to launch a digital student identity program on the Cardano blockchain network.
According to John O’Connor, Director of African Operations at IOG, the Ethiopian government is enthusiastic about the program. Cardano works closely with the country’s education ministry in almost every aspect.
IOG has been tasked with designing, developing, and maintaining the solution on the Cardano public blockchain platform.
O’Connor stated that the program’s advantages and features, such as verifiable degrees and digitization of the entire workflow, are invaluable to the government.
According to IOG, digital IDs are utilized to store the educational records of students and teachers. In the long run, the government hopes to address the issues plaguing Ethiopia’s education system, such as scams, falsified degrees, and forged credentials.
Up to 750,000 teachers will also have access to the system, using their digital IDs to generate and store records and track students’ academic performance.
O’Connor hopes that other African countries will adopt the system, which offers students a digital identity that can monitor their progress throughout their education and careers.
According to IOG, blockchain is the most promising technology for addressing key African problems such as poor governance, porous health systems, damaged agricultural value chains, centralized finance, and skewed education systems. In every one of these ecosystems, verifiable digital identity is said to be at the heart of credibility.
The program will depend heavily on Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education operating an entire network node, with schools accessing this node via a light client operating on the Cardano blockchain system.
“It works in tandem with the government’s unique identification number system,” said O’Connor
The previous contract with the government called for IOG to serve five million students in primary and secondary schools spread across 3,680 schools.
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