Fake degree holders to be jailed

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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:03:35 GMT
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Fake degree holders to be jailed

Speaking to The Standard, Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo said the government will soon introduce a law that will punish people receiving degrees from unaccredited institutions. This comes after Cabinet has approved policy principles for the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Bill, 2017.

Said Moyo:

The Bill seeks to regulate under one law, all the country’s academic and policy institutions in higher and tertiary education, science and technology development, which currently total 46 and which are regulated by some 23 constitutive legal instruments. One of the principles approved by Cabinet is that it should be a criminal offence for anyone to offer, seek, purchase or receive a fake degree. The practice of offering, seeking, purchasing or receiving fake degrees is aggravated by the fact that education is Zimbabwe’s comparative advantage and is of strategic value to the country in the national interest.Therefore, persons who offer, seek, purchase or receive fake degrees threaten and harm Zimbabwe’s national interest with respect to education whose international reputation ranks among the best.

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