Universities warned against issuing fake degrees

Universities in Uganda have been warned against issuing 'fake' degrees to people seeking to advance their careers, writes Andrew Ssenyonga for New Vision.

The Executive Director of the Uganda National Council for Higher Education, John Opuda, said a number of people, including public servants, have been rushing to obtain academic certificates without even attending classes. He made the revelation last weekend during the 23rd graduation ceremony of Bugema University in the Luwero district. Opuda warned that universities found issuing such certificates risk having their charters and letters of interim authorities withdrawn.

"The council is aware that individuals, including politicians, have been approaching institutions of higher learning to secure diplomas and degrees to meet academic qualifications to vie for various posts. If a university is found to be involved in this racket, there will be dire consequences. We cannot allow people to buy degrees," Opuda said.
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