A total of 16 students were found with forged academic certificates they had used to access loans from the government for studies in higher learning institutions, it was reported here yesterday.
The deputy minister for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Phillipo Mlugo, told the House in Dodoma that among them one was from the University of Dodoma (UDOM), 15 were nominees for studies abroad,
nine were selected to pursue further studies in Russia and six in Algeria.
Mr Mlugo said after the Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) discovered the forgery the government took stern disciplinary action against them. This included cancelling their loans, repatriating the culprits home and having them face the long arm of the law.
“Their reports were submitted to the Osterbay police station in Dar es Salaam for criminal procedures,” said Mr Mlugo when answering a question from Ms Mkiwa Adam Kimwanga, (Special Seats –CUF).
She sought to know the number of students found with forged academic certificates and the disciplinary action taken against them.
Mr Mlugo said, in a bid to get rid of such forged academic certificates, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has created a communication system that links the National Examination Council, Higher Learning Institutions Commission and the HELSB.
“This network is very fast and is used to discover forged academic certificates, thus enabling the ministry to control higher learning opportunities against illegal actions.
“Also through the system certificates and passport size photographs of bona fide students who complete form four and
six are attached. This has helped to control forged certificates,” added Mr Mlugo.