Minister General Education John Phiri has said that the high number of counterfeit grade 12 certificates presented by some people aspiring for elective office is alarming.
Dr Phiri has disclosed that the Examination Council of Zambia -ECZ-has so far recorded 60 forged grade 12 certificates from aspiring candidates.
He however, says the ECZ will continue working diligently to ensure that no counterfeit documents are allowed to pass.
Dr. Phiri was speaking to journalists at media briefing held at the Ministry of General Education in Lusaka.
Last week, The Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) unearthed a scam in which Commissioners of Oaths were certifying academic qualification as true copies without verifying with the examination body or institutions the documents were obtained from.
ECZ Director General Michael Chilala said that his institution is the only rightful body to verify academic qualifications.
Dr Chilala said that some Commissioners of Oaths are certifying forged academic qualifications without verification.
He revealed that the ongoing verification of academic qualifications for aspiring candidates ahead of the August 11th general elections, has revealed that 60 forged academic certificates of which 55 are local while 5 are international.
Dr Chilala further disclosed that the ECZ had extended the grade 12 verification of results to the 25th of May to enable more aspiring candidates to verify their academic documents.
He has since assured aspiring candidates that they will have their verified academic certificates ready for nominations by their political parties.