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Ministry denies co-op with US-based Worldedo
Updated: 2004-08-11 21:49

China's Ministry of Education (CME) has denied the claim made by America-based website Worldedo that it entered into cooperation with Chinese educational authorities, accusing Worldedo of engaging in illegal business.

In a statement published on its website, the ministry said Worldedo engaged in pyramid sales - which are banned in China - under the banner of "online educational activities" on the Internet.

The Chinese government department in charge of industry and commerce has investigated the illegal activity and dealt with it accordingly, according to the statement.

The ministry said Worldedo was found recently to be continuing its illegal activities in some areas in the name of cooperation with the country's education departments.

"Chinese educational departments have never cooperated with this website whatsoever, and actually what the website offered is not truly online education. We urge caution on this," said the CME statement.

Worldedo describes itself as "the largest online education website in the world." It was founded in 2000 through the incorporation of WDU Online, under the name "Professor Oldo" of Stanford University and Selin Administration Counseling Company.

According to an investigative report published by Hainan Economic Daily on June 7, Stanford University and America's National Library of Education have told the newspaper there was no professor called Oldo at Stanford.

Registered in the United States, the website rented a 40 gigabit virtual space to each of its members at the price of 160 US dollars per year in China. Members would receive commissions based on the number of new members they recruit for the website, according to the newspaper.

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