Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

28 August 2014

Tanzania: Dept Stresses Uniformity of Names in Attachments

THE Public Service Recruitment Secretariat (PSRS) in the President's Office has called for uniformity of names in application letters and other relevant attachments, such as certificates, to ease the recruitment process.

The Secretariat's Information Officer, Ms Riziki Abraham, made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday at a press briefing about important things the department would consider in the recruitment process.

Ms Abraham said that due to ignorance some applicants ignored the procedure to follow when they changed their names or lost certificates and testimonials and simply brought incomplete documents, leading to their missing interview opportunities.

The official said further that the situation caused complaints from job applicants during interviews because some of them had documents which did not fulfill the required criteria of the advertised job opening.

"These shortcomings have prompted some of the applicants to blame the secretariat, accusing it of preference," said Ms Abraham.

"Some applicants do not have valid certificates, including birth and academic ones, while most of them tend to attach result slips, partial transcripts, letters of recommendation or lost reports from the police," she added.

Speaking about applicants who changed their names due to a number of reasons, she said the secretariat required everyone to follow the legal procedure before applying, including securing an affidavit to help the department confirm the validity of name changes.

Deputy Secretary for Quality Control Unit, Mr Humphrey Mniachi, said applicants who had their certificates stolen, lost or distorted should notify the relevant authorities.

"It is crucial to report to the police about any lost document and also inform the national Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA), Vocational Education Training (VETA) without forgetting Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) who will direct you to follow the required procedures," said Mr Mniachi.

He said to avoid last-minute rush, especially for those who studied abroad, they should upon completion of their studies send their documents to relevant authorities for approval in advance.

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