This story is from the Jinan Times reblogged by trusted news blogs like India Times, Neatorama and Nextshark.
FYI, Jinan is the capital of Shandong Province in China.
According to Chinese local news, 68 students came to realize “on the eve of their graduation” that the school they had been attending for the last four years was a complete fake.
APAT NA TAON SILANG PUMASOK SA FAKE NA SCHOOL AT NALAMAN LANG NILA NUN GAGRADUATE NA SILA!
These 68 students had test scores too low to get into the Shandong Institute of Light Industry, but they received letters offering them the opportunity to enroll as full-time students in a “pilot program” at RMB 8,000 (P57,000+) per year in tuition.
A Chinese man named Zhao Lianshan sent high school graduate admission letters from Shandong Institute of Light Industry to these 68 unsuspecting victims. The school was real, all right, but the letters were fake. Zhao had rented classrooms from the university and hired teachers to teach “college classes”.
The students enrolled, paid their tuition and attended for four years, only at the last minute (during graduation) to discover that their school in fact had no official connection with the Institute whatsoever:
As one student told the Jinan Times:
Until now, our teachers all claimed to be from the Shandong Institute. We only just found out they’re not affiliated with the university at all. So now they’re avoiding us, and not answering their phones.
The fake school was officially set up as a training school on the grounds of the Shandong Institute. It was in charge of its own admission, finances, teaching and administration. Yet the letterheads were fake, and copied from the university itself. BOTTOMLINE: FAKE SCHOOL.