HIGHER EDUCATION MINISTRY TO GO ON FAKE DEGREE HOLDERS WITCH HUNT | Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo has inadvertently fired a salvo at the First Lady Grace Mugabe and General Constantine Chiwenga after he vowed to curb the now rampant acquisition of fake academic degrees among locals.
President Robert Mugabe’s wife caused a stir back in 2014 when she graduated with a PhD in Sociology after a claimed two months of enrolment at the University of Zimbabwe.
Her doctorate came as a shock to many Zimbabweans as there was no evidence of any academic work that the controversial first lady has undertaken in her life.
President Mugabe was, similarly, scorned for issuing what many still believe was a fake doctorate to his wife when he capped graduates at the University of Zimbabwe in his capacity as both President and the Chancellor of all State universities.
But in comments that quickly brought back the first lady’s embarrassing claims of academic achievements, Moyo said Thursday that government was introducing a Bill to deal with the fake degree scam.
“Fake degrees are a menace. The soon to be out Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development Bill addresses the problem!” Moyo wrote on Twitter.
While fake degrees are a source of menace for both educational authorities and the country’s esteemed education system, another blight to the sector remains exam fraud, even among individuals of high social standing.
In July this year, Moyo made sensational claims Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Constantino Chiwenga’s PhD was fake.
In 2012, jailed businessman and former advisor to then central bank governor Munyaradzi Kereke claimed he wrote a lot of assignments towards his boss Gideon Gono’s doctorate.
In the lower rungs of the country’s educational level, university lecturers have also been fingered in shady deals in which they do some students’ academic tasks either for cash or for sexual favours.
Moyo’s ministry earlier this year ordered the closure of 300 private schools and independent colleges in the country for allegedly operating illegally. He later rescinded the decision.