Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) has proposed to launch a blockchain platform to issue digital certifications among non-state universities to fight against the falsification of diplomas. The possibility was raised by MEC minister Abraham Weintraub.
The private educational institutions will fund this initiative since they will be exclusively responsible for issuing diplomas. Moreover, universities must create an independent department for managing the platform.
According to local media, 14 private universities have already expressed interest in the proposal.
Gilberto Garcia, former president of the National Education Council, told that the proposal also implies the dissemination of all the historical data of educational institutions, which would be part of the transparency which blockchain mechanism are providing.
The proposal is aimed at solving the problem of selling fake university diplomas that has long existed in the country. As part of the fight against fake certificates, the Ministry of Education has introduced a mandatory measure to issue diplomas in digital form, both for public and private educational institutions.