The Government of the United Republic of
Tanzania directed the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) to carry out verification of Civil Servants’ certificates so as to identify the employees who had fake certificates. The verification exercise was carried out in three phases.
- The first phase which was conducted from 10/10/2016 to 20/12/2016 involved employees of Local Government Authorities and Regional Secretaries.
- The second phase ran from 01/01/2017 to 31/01/2017 and it involved Government parastatals and institutions. The third phase which comprised of employees from different ministries was conducted from 01/02/2017 to 30/04/2017.
- After receiving the report of fraudulent qualifications in the public sector from the Minister of State and President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance, His Excellency Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania fired more than 9,900 civil servants from jobs for holding fake qualifications and certificates.
The President said the government has been working hard to create new jobs while there were government employees who held fake certificates. The president ordered responsible officers to ‘name and shame’ by publishing a list of all civil servants with forged certificates.
“These people occupied government positions but had no qualifications; they robbed us just like other common criminals,” said the president while addressing a public at the University of Dodoma.
Meanwhile, before the President received the report, the then Minister of State, President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance Hon. Angella Kairuki said the exercise (verification of certificates) was carried out by 15 officers in Tanzania Mainland.
The Hon. Minister Kairuki, added that the entire verification exercise aimed at finding out whether the employees had original or fake Certificates of Secondary Education, Advanced Certificates of Secondary Education and Certificate/Diploma Teachers’ Education. That is whether they were issued out by the responsible Board, Council or Authority or produced by con men in the streets.
Out of the 400,035 public servants whose certificates were verified, 376,969 had genuine certificates (clean certificates), 9,932 were found using fake certificates, and 1,538 public employees had a problem of one certificate being used by more than one person. A total of 11,596 failed to submit required certificates for verification, that is, one could submit a professional certificates but fail to submit the O-level certificate and vice versa.
The Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, also said some people had been using their relatives’ school certificates, while others did not appear on official records at all. However, the government opened room for the culprits or victims who felt they had been treated unjustly to appeal to Ministry of State, President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance for further scrutine and verification of their certificates once again.
Nevertheless, the Minister Hon: Kairuki, warned that anyone who appeals and he or she is found guilty of tampering with his or her certificate, harsh or severe measures would be taken against them.
This exercise opened a new chapter in Tanzania, whereby for anyone who wants to apply for a job and doesn’t have an original certificate must think carefully before taking that bold step.