The General Optical Council (GOC) has suspended student dispensing optician (DO) Imran Tafader for lying about his exam results in a university application.
Mr Tafeder, from London, was suspended from the regulator’s registers for nine months at a fitness to practise (FTP) hearing last week (15 October). The committee heard how Mr Tafedar lied about his examination results of modules taken in his diploma in ophthalmic dispensing at City and Islington College.
The student DO lied about the grades on two separate occasions: in his application to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and in a subsequent email to the University of Ulster.
Ulster contacted City and Islington College after finding a discrepancy between the marks supplied by the applicant on the College’s headed paper, those held by UCAS and his actual grades. The real marks were found to be “far lower” than those supplied to UCAS and Ulster.
Chair of the FTP committee, Sara Fenoughty, said: “In this particular case, the registrant sought to obtain a university place by lying in two separate documents about his results. Honesty is a fundamental requirement of the code and any professional registered with the council. It underpins all a registrant’s activities and duties.”
She added: “The committee concluded that this dishonesty was serious and compounded by the creation of the false document. It is clear that these proceedings have been a salutary lesson and that he has great regret.”
Mr Tafader, who is also known as Mahammad Tafadher, is now unable to continue his training in the UK or apply for full registration with the GOC for the period of his suspension.