SAUT clarifies revocation of 162 medical doctor degrees

THE Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) Senate Chairman, Professor Costa Mahalu has clarified the cancellation of degrees conferred to Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences (SFUCHAS) 162 medical doctor graduates, attributing the decision to their refusal to submit unapproved certificates issued earlier by the college.

Prof Mahalu, who doubles as the Vice Chancellor of the varsity, made the statement yesterday at a press conference organized by SAUT to give detailed information pertaining to the matter.

He said the SFUCHAS, which is the constituent college of SAUT, was misled by its leaders, including the principal and deputy principal, by applying the invalid grading system.

He said a total of 389 Medical Degree Graduates received fake academic transcripts from which the senate urged them to return the invalid academic transcript in exchange with the approved certificates.

Despite advertisements and letters since 2021 on the matter, only 242 responded to the request.

Those who defied the directive were the ones whose degrees have been cancelled pending their submission of those certificates.

“SFUCHA administrators designed new grading system, republished new academic transcript and distributed to graduate in replacement of the valid transcript under their own motive including boosting graduates’ performance,” Prof Mahalu hinted.

He said the SFUCHAS’s administrators including the principal and the deputy principal had already been demoted from serving those post after admitting that they made mistakes of republishing academic transcripts without the approval of the senate which possess supreme power to grant academic transcripts including those of Medical Degree Graduate as per university’s guidelines.

The revocation of conferred degrees to 162 Medical Doctor Graduates was issued by SAUT following the senate meeting which was held on February 25 this year in pursuant to Section 47 (1) and (2) of the University Act Number 7 of 2005, added Prof. Costa Mahalu.

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