Open University of Tanzania investigating suspected fee payments fraud

“We call upon continuing and graduated students to submit their original OUT fee receipts to our offices for clearance,” - Tanzania's The Daily News newspaper quotes The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Professor Elifas Bisanda in regards to OUT action to investigate a suspected fraud in connection with fee payments.

That the fraud involves students who graduated since 2001 and that the graduates should submit their original
receipts for clearance.

The DVC who is also the acting university's Vice Chancellor told the 'Daily News' that all key participants including some dishonest members of staff who would be linked to the fraud would be charged in a court of law.

According to the university's statement issued this Monday, it is against the university regulations to collect any certificate or transcripts without having paid the full amount of various university fees as approved by the University Council for each programme.

"Should the cases of fraud be brought to our attention then the university will immediately withdraw the status of those certificates and degrees through an announcement in the public media," read part of the statement.

The statement further said that certificates and degrees that would be linked to the fraud would no longer be considered as authentic academic credentials from OUT.