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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

DALC SCAM: THE WARNING SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE OVERLOOKED part 3

Despite the obvious warning signs that should by now flashing red all over. Some people ignore their other sense and eventually get tricked by the DALC tricksters who masquerade as Customer Care Executives. He does not take it lightly when his staffs fail to recruit another Kenyan into the DALC fraud factory.

When you speak to the DALC staff, they all start by saying: DALC EDUCATION is a CAMBRIDGE/OXFORD learning center, (suitably failing to disclose which Cambridge/oxford). They then go to the merits of the DALC system which are massive and dwarf other institutions. You will then sit through a presentation that is so out of the ordinary it has you curious and warned at the same time.

OUTLANDISHNESS

DALC Education makes dozens of peculiar claims. Some of this will prick your ear as being too good to be true. Just like the pata potea who promises to double your $100,000 on the spot. But, you sit and listen as they pour more strange drivel into your ears.

Chequered Cambridge history, legendary institutions, 22nd century education, practical education, exemptions, experience recognitions, upgrading, fast track education and UK standards are some of the concepts that will be pile driven into you. The exaggerated nature of these claims has put many people off and saved careers, time and money. But alas, not all people have learned that when the deal is too good, then it aint good.

That is why we have pata potea and other short cons still in business even when their methods are well known by most 14 year olds.

OUTLANDISH CLAIMS THAT YOU MIGHT OVERLOOK AT DALC

  • Fast-track: DALC promises to help you acquire a degree in 18 months. That is not something I made up, it is a claim from an institution that has gotten a clean bill from the questionable Commission of Higher education. According to DALC EDUCATION, if you join the college with a mean grade of B plain (which has nowadays been stretched downwards all the way to C+ for love of money) they will send you to their second year. As a brilliant student, you will whizz through that in 9 months upon which they will send you to the final year. After a grueling 9 months, all that will remain is a thesis to a “major” university that DALC expects you to complete in a short 3 months. Total time spent 18 months!

  • UK everything: Walk to any DALC centre and believe it or not, the only thing they will do locally is teach you. Everything else comes from the UK. This is of course a similar tactic to that used by filthy backstreet counterfeiters who stick a tiny British flag on low quality electrical fittings which they sell expensively. Everybody knows that UK is home to the best electrical fittings….and Universities. So DALC sticks a British flag to their fraud by claiming that the admission letters, student badges, transcripts and certificates come from the UK. As if that was not enough, they claim that exams are marked in the UK and lecturers are also approved by the UK where the graduations are also held. All the above UK claims are lies. Try and verify with any UK government agency and see. As you will realize later, all those fancy “UK” logos are worthless on your “UK” certificate when you get to the real United Kingdom!

  • Credit for life experience: If you have worked for years and want a degree, do not go to other universities as they tend to be too rigid. Simply walk to DALC with you CV and they will grant exemptions for your efforts. DALC does not verify these claims, if they did, they would lose lots of potential customers and that is not a good thing. So, to keep all of us happy DALC EDUCATION pretends to send your (unverified) CV to the quality assurance commission (QAC_UK) which will subsequently award you credits for your experience. No tests, no questions. We recently saw Hersi of Sarova on TV explaining how the credit for experience system works at DALC.

 

  • 22nd Century: We have heard Humphrey Oborah, Hardeep Sandhu and Joachim Hans Kempe make these claims. During the last episodes of the class, Oborah kept talking about 22nd Century technology, thinking, system, education, bla bla bla. Anybody who believes these claims deserves to be laughed at because DALC are taking you money in this century and you are getting 22nd Century education. Where are you going to us it? This is a cheap trick to make you think that the only reason that DALC is weird is because it is light years ahead of the rest.

  • BioMedical Education: DALC touts their career forecasting system as prescription to all the career problems afflicting people in Africa. They can foretell the career of your young son or daughter 20 years in advance. They call this the bio-medical education but curiously, “ Bio Medical education is usually a medical seven year program leading to Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees”. We reckon Humphrey Oborah likes the sound of Biomedical Education and decided to stick with it even when it obviously means something else.

In closing, DALC Education has thrived on making unusual and very exaggerated statements on its abilities, connections and systems. These claims are used to lure unknowing Kenyans into the DALC net where ordinary courses are hyped , given strange labels and technology used to bamboozle people into thinking they are truly getting world class education.

More on the way…

3 comments:

  • Responses So Far ...
    tayo
    1/15/2008 2:07:50 am
    Femi, why are you doing this? let him proof people wrong, show his certificate, show it to the press, not the one he bought but the subject one as at the time he said he was at the university, simple, you see, no one comment , hope you know what that means......

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    Olajide
    1/22/2008 12:38:03 pm
    Well said Femi! I dont know why we have so many detractors and mudsluggers in our country.The fact remains that most of the people who engage in this negative criticisms are not clean themselves.

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    Omonla
    1/22/2008 4:08:43 pm
    E get as it be o, my 'brothers'...but it is not the fault of the recipients. It was a contract that went wrong and the contractor is to blame for the FINE mess. What has Segun Okeowo (the contractor) got to say? Why
    has nobody interviewed him? I beg give them back their money...Ole ni e o. Let it be a lesson to all. If you need a degree go and earn it the right way, which is not easy especially by British standard.

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    ODIGIE E RAWLINGS
    4/22/2009 10:42:07 am
    Hell Femi, You are doing a very good job by bringing this oppotunity four whom ever care to know how our country have been rule to say something. Well i i want to say is that what ever you do in this life there is reward. If you do good you will recieve good and If you do bad it will sure come back to you.

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    kkeenan
    7/05/2009 4:08:10 pm
    This scam is alive and kicking and still thrives in africa especially in Kenya where Sandhus sidekick runs a college - DALC EDUCATION. Kenyan bloggers are systematically exposing this fraud at http://diplomacon.blogspot.com

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    August 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

  • By STEPHEN JONES
    Epoch Times U.K. Staff
    Students from developing countries are traveling thousands of miles to study in “bogus” colleges for degrees whose actual legitimacy is highly questionable.
    The British government has a list of 130 colleges, academies, and universities in Britain that are awarding qualifications that have not been properly accredited, but a legal loophole has allowed them to continue to operate.
    Professor Geoffrey Alderman, who has been aware of the issue for the last 10 years, said that the issue could be dealt with by a simple act of parliament.
    Instead, he said, many students were traveling to Britain to gain qualifications that “they may as well paper their bedroom walls with.”
    Indian student Sounak Halder was one such student
    who traveled to Britain to study for a Masters degree at LBT College in Whitechapel, London.
    The course fees he was offered were £4,500 (US$8,760)—half of that normally demanded by a similar course in a typical university.
    In return, Mr. Halder was promised access to a university library and an accredited qualification from the Irish International University (IIU).
    When he arrived at the college office on Christian Street, he found that the library was in fact a depleted bookshelf, bearing little resemblance to the pictures that were originally posted on the college Web site.
    lease see bogus on a4

    August 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM

  • Many duped into getting bogus degrees, says DAP

    Published on: Thursday, July 28, 2005

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    SHAH ALAM: Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang claims a big number of Malaysians have been duped by Cambridgeshire University, which charges RM14,000 to RM20,000 for degree and other courses.

    Ministry sources confirmed that approval for its "short courses" had been given a few years back, and the university was using the documents as proof of general recognition of the institution.

    Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said his ministry was trying to rectify the problem quickly.

    "If you want to pursue an online course, please check with us first to see if it is recognised. For online courses, it is best to enrol in our own Open University," he said.

    Cambridgeshire University and another online university, the Irish International University (IIU), are being investigated following action by former student Yap Yee Lan who claimed that after a year in IIU's Master of Business Administration programme, was asked to transfer to Cambridgeshire.

    She has taken her case to the Consumer Claims Tribunal, seeking a refund of RM14,000 in fees paid to NetAcademy which is an MSC0status company offering qualifications from the two universities.

    Lim said he had copies of the "written assurance" by PSD and the Ministry to Cambridgeshire.

    "I am prepared to show them to Dr Shafie.

    "Some 500 Malaysians have fallen victim to the bogus claims by the two virtual universities and if each student had paid between RM14,000 and RM20,000, the total sum involved will be between RM7mil and RM10mil," he said in a statement yesterday.

    Irish Ambassador to Malaysia Daniel Mulhall said in a report that the IIU had no ties with Ireland and that the Irish authorities were looking at ways to nab those behind the alleged scam.

    A Ministry source said yesterday that its hands were tied as the university was run by legitimate companies whose operations were conducted entirely online.

    "This is not the first time that IIU is being investigated," said the source.

    August 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

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