Wednesday, October 21, 2020

NIIT and its associates under investigation by DCEC

The Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is said to be investigating NIIT, one of the leading institutions in information technology in the country.

Information passed to the paper suggests that the institution, with some of its associates, has allegedly corrupted some government officials, both at Student Placement and Welfare and at the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA).

It is understood that the institution allegedly paid huge amounts of money to government officials in-order for the institution to receive a good intake of government-sponsored students while at BOTA, the officials were allegedly bribed to accredit the school even though the standard of some of its branches were not up to the required minimum.

It is also understood that already over 500 government-sponsored students have terminated their association with the institution for various reasons.
In a brief interview with The Sunday Standard, the Public Relations Officer of DCEC, Mr. Lentswe Motshoganetse, said since 2001 they have received reports about NIIT but the reports did not fall under the mandate of the DCEC, therefore they were referred to the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, last week the weekly Gazette reported that NIIT is sponsoring Jacob Nkate, the Minister of Education and Skills Development, in his political campaigns for the coming general elections.

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