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Govt declares war on fake certificate holders

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Elimu (Education Forum)' started by BAK, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Ni kweli hii au ni usanii tu? Maana majina ya mawaziri na wabunge wenye vyeti vya bandia yalikabidhiwa kwa spika na yeye akadai kukabidhi majina hayo polisi lakini hadi hii leo hatujasikia chochote dhidi ya hao matapeli

    Govt declares war on fake certificate holders

    2008-07-17 11:04:04
    By Guardian Reporter, Dodoma

    The government will soon launch a massive crackdown on fake university awards. The extensive search, expected to cover undergraduate (bachelors), masters (MSs) and philosophy degrees (PhDs) forms apart of new efforts geared to do away with deception in the country`s education system and in employment.

    Winding up 2008/09 budget estimates for his ministry in Parliament on Tuesday evening here, Education and Vocational Training minister, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, warned that there would be no let up on the matter.

    The minister, who was elaborating a point on efforts being taken by the National Examinations Council (Necta) to curb the problem at secondary school level, said: ``We shall now extend the crackdown to cover fake undergraduate degrees, masters and even PhDs.``

    He said the government had arrived at the decision on discovering rampant deceptions, as many people were forging certificates and higher awards, which they sold just like cheap candies on Dar es Salaam streets.

    ``You all know that in Dar es Salaam, certificates are now being printed and sold.

    They are printed up to the standard such that they look like genuine awards,`` said Prof Maghembe.

    He said there were many forms of deceptions, including people using other persons` certificates and others using awards of people with disability.

    The minister displayed examples of fake certificates, including the one that a person picked from a blind individual.

    Prof Maghembe used his winding up speech to respond to grave concerns over the poor quality of education and the ministry`s decision to introduce remedial teaching, under which Standard Four pupils and Form Two students who fail their exams will not repeat their classes.

    Citing a few examples and statistics, he said the quality of education had improved year in, year out.
    He said that the existence of problems, enrolments had gone up and pass-mark percentages in national examinations had been improving.

    ``In higher education, our graduates are performing better in foreign countries in Europe and America and they are being utilized as experts there,`` said Prof Maghembe.

    He said the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) were ranked among best universities in Africa, that four scientific discoveries by SUA had achieved a patent of world class research and a Tanzanian scholar with the UDSM was among scientists in a panel which won last year`s prestigious Nobel Peace Prize alongside former U.S vice-president, Al Gore.

    Regarding remedial teaching, the minister insisted that his ministry had not abolished Standard Four and Form Two national examinations, only that the system has now been changed for children failing to make it to undergo remedial teaching instead of repeating classes.

    SOURCE: Guardian
  2. Pundit

    Pundit JF-Expert Member

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    Waanze na mawaziri kwanza tuone how serious they are.
  3. Nyambala

    Nyambala JF-Expert Member

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    mawaziri, Chitalio etc.... anyway ni serikali ipi hiyo ya JK au??????????????
  4. Sam GM

    Sam GM JF-Expert Member

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    Wataweza vipi wakati hawana hata strategy? Ukienda kumuuliza kuwa watafanyaje atakujibu kuwa wanalifanyia kazi, usanii mtupu huu. Kisha wakishawagundua walioforge watawafanya nini?
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    Kokolo JF-Expert Member

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    As Pacific Western University, i.e., prior to changing its name to California Miramar University, the institution was criticized on multiple occasions as a substandard educational institution or diploma mill. [19]

    In May 2004 the US General Accounting Office presented the results of an eight-month examination of diploma mills and other unaccredited schools and federal employees holding their degrees to the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.[20] Pacific Western University in Los Angeles was one of the six schools on which the investigation focused.

    Later that year, investigative reporters from television station KVOA of Tucson, Arizona described the Los Angeles campus of Pacific Western University: "We don't find students, classrooms or professors. Only a small office with two receptionists and a man who introduces himself as the dean."[21] KVOA noted that federal investigators had identified PWU as a diploma mill.[21][22] The station reported that Pima Community College in Tucson had reduced the salaries of two faculty members who previously had been paid at the Ph.D level based on their degrees from PWU.[21]

    Internationally, Pacific Western University has a similar reputation. It was reported in the Irish Independent on 9 October 2005 that the Chief Science Advisor to the government of Ireland, Barry McSweeney, had been found to have advanced his career using a suspect degree obtained from Pacific Western University.[23][24] The newspaper report stated that McSweeney had obtained his Ph.D. in biotechnology and biochemistry from PWU in 1994 after just 12 months of study. It described PWU as having "no merit or standing in the academic world" and having been "the subject of numerous official investigations, state bans and media exposés" during its 28 years of operation.[23] McSweeney was forced to resign his position as a result.[25] In Australia, the Brisbane Courier Mail reported on 6 January 2004 that a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland was banned from using the title of "Doctor" after it was discovered that his Ph.D. had been obtained from Pacific Western University.[citation needed]


    Associate Professors

    1. Moses M.D. Warioba DPA (IDM), Dip. Publ. Sect. Mgt (Aston), MBIM- (London), M.Sc. Publ. Sec. Mgt (Birmingham), Ph.D. (Public Admin.) PWU, (USA)

    2. Leonard .J. Shio B.A (Ed) Hons. (UDSM.), M.A. (Econ. Dev.) (UDSM), Ph.D(Management) PWU, (USA)

    3. M.N. Chao B.A (Ed.) Hons. (UDSM), M.A. (Dev. Studies) (UDSM), Ph. D. (PWU), USA

    Senior Lecturers
    1. Raphael J.M. Habi ADPA (IDM), M.Sc.(Pers. Mgt) (Aston) (UK), MIPM (U.K.), Dip. T. & D. (Manchester) (UK), Ph.D(Management) PWU, (USA)

    2. Christopher M. Sotta DPA (IDM), PG.D.(Gen.Mgt.)(IDM), MPA (IDM), Ph.D (Public Admin) PWU, U.S.A.

    3. Aristarch K. Kiwango B.A. (Soc. Econ Admin) Makerere, M.Sc. (Econ.) Wales, Ph.D. (Econ.) PWU, (USA) PGD. (Project Planning)ISS,The Hague, PGD. (Pop & Dev Plan) ISS, The Hague

    4. Colman Riwa B.A. (Education) (UDSM), PGD (Tesol) London, M.A. (Public Policy and Admin.) ISS, The Hague, Ph.D. (Public Administration) PWU, USA. (On leave of absence)
  6. K

    Kokolo JF-Expert Member

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    Mustaffa Mkulo Waziri wa Fedha (MBA From Almeda University)

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Almeda University is an unaccredited American institution that offers various academic degrees through distance education, including a "Life Experience Degree". Almeda was founded in 1997.[1]

    Legally, Almeda University is a corporation registered on the Caribbean island of Nevis. [3] Almeda claims accreditation by the Council for Distance Education Accreditation, Interfaith Education Ministries (IEM) and the Association for Online Academic Excellence (AOAEX); [4] none of these is recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[5] On its website, Almeda states that its claimed sources of accreditation are not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with the results that students cannot receive U.S. federal loans or assistance under the GI Bill and Almeda degrees may not be recognized by academia or employers.[4]

    Connecticut: According to the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, Almeda was ordered to cease operating in Connecticut in October, 2001. After an investigation in 2002 indicated that Almeda was continuing to advertise its programs in Connecticut, the Department of Higher Education sent Almeda a second cease and desist letter and referred the issue to the Connecticut Attorney General for possible legal action.[6]
    Florida: In 2003 the Florida Department of Education made an agreement with Almeda to cease operating in the state. Although Floridians can still get a degree from the online university, Almeda warns Floridians that its degrees may not be valid for public employment in Florida.[7]
    Texas: Almeda is also on the Texas list of "Fraudulent or Substandard Institutions", making it illegal to use an Almeda degree in Texas in an advertisement; to get a job, promotion, raise, license, or to get admitted to an educational program or to gain many positions in government.[8]
    Other states: Almeda's website also warns Almeda degrees may not be valid for public employment in Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Washington and Idaho.[3]

    Almeda's academic standards have been criticized by a variety of education organizations. According to Bear's Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, Almeda College and University is a "nonwonderful" [9] web-only university that offers degrees based on an assessment of a candidate's "life experience". Bear notes that Almeda states that it is accredited by the Association for Online Academic Excellence, but that that association is itself unrecognized.[10][11]

    In 2004 the CBS affiliate in Albany, New York, ran a report on Almeda that featured Peter Brancato, who had filled out an application for an associate degree on behalf of his dog, Wally. Part of the "life experience" listed on the application was "Plays with the kids every day ... teaches them to interact better with each other ... Teaches them responsibilities like feeding the dog." Almeda granted Wally an associate's degree in childhood development with a course list including European culture, college algebra, American history, and public speaking.[12] In reply, Almeda claims Brancato perjured himself by creating a false identity using a fabricated name and date of birth. They write, "He completed an application that included a background of the following: Eight-years tutoring pre-K children, curriculum design and development, teaching coping skills, and volunteer coaching."[13]

    In 2005 Wired News included Almeda University in an article about educational accreditation and diploma mills.[14]

    In 2006 a Naples, Florida, police officer was required to pay back a salary increase based on a degree from Almeda.[7] Two Naples police officers were also fired after investigation showed that they bought diplomas from Almeda University.[15] On October 28, 2006, both officers were given their jobs back with back pay but received 10-day suspensions and were required to take an ethics course before the end of the year.[16]

    According to Better Business Bureau (BBB) records, the Boise, Idaho address listed for Almeda University is a UPS Store (private mail box). Almeda University offered to provide their physical location to the BBB provided the BBB would not make it public. While the Better Business Bureau provides reports on Almeda University, Almeda is not a paid member of the BBB, however, Almeda does have a satisfactory record of complaint resolution.[17]

    According to the online shopping reliability tracking service,, since 2001 customers of Almeda have reported high levels of satisfaction in such categories as "Management Accessibility", "Customer Support", "On-time Delivery" and "Privacy Experience".[18]
  7. k

    kipanga mweupe Member

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    Watupe kwanza qualification za mawaziri tuanzie juu na toune uwajibikaji wa SIRIKALI na ndipo tuje chini............JK yeye ni safi tunamjua, lakini baada ya hapo je wote ni safi????

    Tuanze juu ambako ni wachache, kisha tuteremke chini ambako ni wengi.

    Waziri kama usemayo ni kweli, nadhani ushauri huo utakuwa mzuri kwani itakuwa rahisi kuanza na hao wachache na walio karibu nawe ukianza na mawaziri, kisha manaibu waziri, then makatibu wakuu na wakuu wa mikoa, kisha wakurugenzi ndani ya wizara na wakuu wa wilaya, then tuendelee chini kwa kadri ta tree inavyoendelea..........!!!

    LOL............kweli lazima nicheke Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...............!!
  8. Sam GM

    Sam GM JF-Expert Member

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    Jk ni safi kivipi kwa sababu ukipewa degree inasema you are entitled to the priviledge and responsibility ya hiyo degree, Jk does not keep the responsibility part of it kwa hiyo hata yeye inaweza kutupa mwanya wa kuchunguza mazingira aliyoipatia hiyo ya kwake.
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    Dotori JF-Expert Member

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    Mambo ya kijinga tu haya! Magembe aannze na wenzake katika baraza la mawaziri.
  10. K

    Kilamia Member

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    Asante Kokolo,
    How many Mkullos do we have in the cabinet. No wonder ours is called Bongo, the only country a Finance Minister has a disputed degree.
  11. Gembe

    Gembe JF-Expert Member

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    Dr. Makongoro Milliton Mahanga
    Dr. Emmanuel John Nchimbi

    Wote hawa waanze kushughulikiwa,tulishasema majina yao na ningeomba kijana wangu invisible airudishe ile therad ya vyeti fake
  12. Kaa la Moto

    Kaa la Moto JF-Expert Member

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    Ahaaaaa Gembe hawa pia wamo katika hiyo orodha ya vihiyo? nasikia na huyu Kamala pia ana ka Phd fake nikweli? Sasa kweli hawa watajichunguza vipi?
    Usanii tupu huu!
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    chavala Member

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    Nadhani juhudi za kudhibiti vyeti bandia ziende sambamba na mabadiliko ya kiutendaji ya wahadhiri wa vyuo vyetu vya TZ. Wakati vyuo ya wenzetu wanafunzi wanapewa kila msaada ili wamalize vizuri kwa wakati, Bongo mara nyingi ni kinyume chake. Kuna kisa cha bwana mmoja aliyekuwa akicheleweshewa PhD yake hapo Bongo eti tu kwa sababu amemaliza kwa wakati! Mpaka alipoamu kumkabili profesa uso kwa uso hadharani ndipo alipowekewa viva. Inasikitisha. Vyuo vyetu viimarishwe ili viwe na programu zinazofit watu wa kila aina na wanafunzi wasaidiwe ili waweze kuhitimu kwa wakati.