OVER 800 fake certificates were used by applicants seeking jobs in the public sector through Public Services Recruitment Secretariat (PSRS), it was revealed on Monday.
Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam on Monday, the Acting Communications Manager in the Secretariat, Mr Kassim Nyaki, said the people involved in forgery were among 13,544 applicants who had sent their applications since 2010 to June, this year.
"Most of the forged certificates were from vocational education training institutes," he said, adding that in June, this year, some 304 out of 517 applicants from VETA had fake certificates.
Meanwhile, Mr Nyaki has asked applicants to ensure they report in the allocated workplace once recruited through the secretariat.He said that there would be no second chance to applicants who will fail to report to their respective workplaces.
"Plans are underway to ensure those (recruited applicants) who fail to report to the allocated work places are not allowed to go for the second interview," he said.
The secretariat's Assistant Director, Ms Aurelia Matagi, said shortage of public servants in some regions, especially remote ones, is due to such people (applicants who fail to report to the allocated workplaces).
She warned those to be recruited to be careful as they may fail to get jobs. She said some 949 people who applied for the jobs this month have been recruited and allocated in various workplaces.
"We are yet to publish their names in the secretariat's website. We urge them to report to their workplaces, especially those allocated in far away regions," she insisted.
In another development, the secretariat has plans to use e-applications system to access applications. According to Ms Matagi, the system would enable the applicants send their applications in line with jobs offered in the public service.
She also asked students to go for science subjects that would enable them acquire jobs in the public services.
According to Ms Mutagi, there is a critical shortage of science experts in most regions. "We do have vacancies for science experts but fail to acquire them. We urge students to pursue science subjects so that we can get such experts," she suggested.