The Zimbabwe Information and Communication Technologies (ZICT) is setting up a database of bonafide degree holders in the country as a way of protecting locals from falling for fake qualifications.
The portal will also expose bogus degree holders and online portals that offer fake academic qualifications.
Zimbabwe’s highly esteemed university education standards suffered a massive blow in 2014 when the then first lady Grace Mugabe was awarded a PhD by the University of Zimbabwe, under unclear circumstances.
In the same year, music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and other influential personalities including former Zimbabwe Revenue Authority boss Gershem Pasi, United International Family Church’s Ruth Makandiwa, wife to Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa among others, were awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the little-known International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP).
“The ZICT central database will help to clamp down on imposters bearing bogus qualifications of diplomas and degrees from universities world and will also provide a list of bogus universities to protect Zimbabwe’s prospective students,” the organisation’s spokesperson Engineer Kudzayi Mutisi said.
There are sites which are offering fake University of Zimbabwe degree certificates.