Two high schools in Italy will begin issuing unchangeable and easy-to-share digital diplomas using public blockchain technology from the Ethereum.
The measure aims to make the entire issuance and traceability process transparent, but above all to solve a long-standing issue in the country: fake diplomas.
The aforementioned schools are in Rome and in Crotone. The licei internazionali di Villa Flaminia in Rome will rely on a blockchain-based system developed by the company EY, while Crotone’s “M. Ciliberto-A. Lucifero” l’Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore has partnered with Blockchain Italia.
Action Against Fake Diplomas Issunce
Regarding the initiative, Maria Chiara Sidori, head of Rome’s high school institute, said:
“This project can contribute to the elimination of information asymmetries with other bodies by allowing universities and companies to verify the veracity of the qualification claimed by any candidate.”
Such technology will also enable educational institutions to notarize all the student information, the courses they will take and thus provide them with personalized follow-up without running the risk of altering the registry.
According to Sidori, this proposal will help reinforce existing teaching methods that involve continuous feedback between teacher and student, as this would standardize the process in real time.
Coronavirus and Blockchain Solutions for Schools
The news comes amid the coronavirus outbreak experienced globally. Italy has become a new pandemic epicenter with a death toll in excess of 1,000 as of the press time. Blockchainn-based teaching technology provider Odem announced the launch of a platform for Coronavirus-affected Italian schools and universities.
Earlier last month Cryptolydian reported that, Italy’s market regulator has belittled blockchain technology, especially as it decided to block several forex and crypto websites. The Companies and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) has claimed that the websites were operating in the country without obtaining the necessary licenses. It added that the websites were encouraging illegal trade.