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.

Source: The Citizen


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