The Campaigner for Academic Crimes Court (CACC) and The Searchlight Communications Inc., Publisher of the New Dawn News Papers, have signed a partnership agreement that sets the stage for both institutions to work together in an effort to investigate and expose holders of fake academic degrees and other academic crimes in Liberia.
The partnership will also promote academic integrity and a merit-based academic system. Ambulah Mamey, CACC’s Campaigner for Strategy and Partnership, and Martin K. N. Kollie, CACC’s Campaigner for Research and Reporting signed on behalf of the CACC while Othello Garblah, Managing Editor of the New Dawn Signed on behalf of the Searchlight Communications.
Under the partnership, the CACC will gather evidence of academic crimes and holders of fake academic degrees and share its findings with Searchlight Communications (New Dawn News Paper) for publication. Using its ethical principles, Searchlight Communication Inc will review CACC’s findings and evidence, contact the institutions and individuals accused by CACCC, and make an editorial decision to publish a story.
CACC believes the partnership is an epic milestone in its fight against academic crimes and its pursuit of a merit-based academic system in Liberia. “New Dawn is one of Liberia’s most credible and independent News Papers, their publication of our findings will lend additional credibility to the already strong credibility of our work and will help take our agenda and the names of holders of fake degrees to a new set of audience outside social media,” CACC Ambulah Mamey said before signing.
Before signing the agreement, Othello Garblah, New Dawn Managing Editor, said his Searchlight decided to join the anti-academic crime campaign because the objectivity of the campaign aligns with the values of his institution and because they have seen how holders of fake degrees and corrupt education system continue to stall Liberia’s progress.
CACC is a leading brand with technical and professional expertise in the conduct and publication of research on academic crimes in Liberia. The group has discovered over 75 holders of fake degrees and holders of degrees from bogus institutions since its establishment in 2021.