Investigations carried by the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (Teveta) in October this year have found that Malawian students have lost £4000 (about K2.6 million) to fake examination bodies.
The bogus examination bodies are Global Education Connect (GEC) and Trans Atlantic College, and have been duping and siphoning money in examination fees from unsuspecting Malawian students.
The British Council has since disowned the two bodies after discovering that their contact details could not be traced anywhere in the UK.
The tertiary institutions crying foul over the scam include African College and Bakhita Technical College in Balaka whose students paid money to agents of GEC and Trans Atlantic for examination administration.
According to acting Executive Director of Teveta, Wilson Makulumiza, the representatives of the fake bodies were awarding certificates, diplomas and degrees claiming the examination bodies are abased in the UK.
The investigations also revealed that “the bogus examination bodies have gone as far as having agents in the UK who have been dealing with the college here in Malawi.
“The agent issues an ID acclaimed from the body which the complainants doubt if they are genuine. Examinations are brought to the colleges by the same agent, invigilated by the college itself and collected by the same agent for marking, reportedly in the United Kingdom.
“At the moment Teveta strongly believe that this is a syndicate. Teveta in collaboration with relevant authorities is currently investigating the matter. The nation will be duly informed about this development and that such individuals once found will be dealt with accordingly,” said Makulumiza on Sunday.
Teveta is a regulatory body that was established to coordinate, promote and facilitate technical, entrepreneurial and vocation training in Malawi.