Germany is experimenting with integrating digital certificates into its school system.
Graduates from North-Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin will be the first batch to receive these digital certificates powered by blockchain. The government’s plan is to distribute these certificates to the first high school graduates at the end of June.
This new breed of certificates is seen as more convenient and highly secure because the tech behind them makes forgery attempts impossible.
In today’s tech-centric world, where the use of paper is becoming less and less every day, paper certificates are now considered inconvenient, with almost everyone doing transactions on the web.
Also, paper documents have always been prone to information forgeries and manipulation, that’s why blockchain certificates are expected to solve these long-time problems for good.
The Federal Online Access Act is on its way to provide a digital option for the entire country by the end of 2022. For now, public feedback will first be gauged and the system will have its initial testing on three federal states.
But paper certificates will not be completely wiped out by the digital ones. Students will still be able to receive the “paper variant” after their graduation.
Other advantages of digital certificates
With blockchain technology’s tamper-proof security features, the certification’s verification process during university or company applications will greatly improve.
The digital certificates will come with a hash value, which will prove their authenticity to university authorities and employers.
As of this writing, more than 100 schools in the Cologne-Aachen area were sent with requests to participate in the systems testing.
Participating schools will receive the software that can seamlessly integrate itself into their management system and help schools verify students’ digital certificates.
North-Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin will be the first batch to receive these digital certificates.
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