- John Magufuli has reportedly sacked 10,000 civils servants over fake certifications
- Some of the offenders reportedly used certificates of their relatives
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The president of Tanzania has struck on civil servants who have fake certificates in his country.
President John Magufuli dismissed at least 10,000 civil servants who were using fake education certificates to occupy offices according a report by the BBC.com.
His crackdown on "fake degrees" is seen as a result of a report released by the government on fraudulent qualifications in the public sector.
Explaining the president's decision, Tanzanian Education Minister, Mr Mwigulu Nchemba, stated that most of the dismissed civil servants were using either their relatives’ school certificates or fake certificates on public records.
“These people occupied government positions but had no qualifications… they robbed us just like other common criminals,” Mr Magufuli said.
He tasked local newspapers to publish the name of all named civil servants with fake certificates and also called on officials to "name and shame" offenders.
According to Magufuli, he was outraged that even as his government was working hard to create new jobs for the unemployed and qualified people in Tanzania, there were "people in government who hold fake degrees".
When President Magufuli came to power two years ago, the government temporarily suspended recruitment in some government sectors while they checked up on existing employees’ qualifications.
The report focused exclusively on secondary school qualification and did not examine university degree certificates.
The case of fake degrees being used by top officials became an issue that caused public outrage in Ghana in 2016.
A research titled "THE ACCREDITATION CHALLENGES IN TRANSNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ECOLOGY: THE GHANAIAN EXPERIENCE", examined public records and showed that "over 30 Ghanaians have been awarded...honorary doctorate degrees from...institutions with questionable backgrounds in the past 2-3 years alone."