Dubbed ‘Award Verification Number (AVN),’ the new guidelines will also apply to the graduates when seeking employment in both public and private sectors.
NACTE Head of Admission Department Twaha Twaha told the press yesterday in Dar es Salaam that certificate and diploma holders will be required to register with the council if they are to get admission into higher learning institutions in the country.
“The issuance of an AVN will take place throughout the year, where diploma and certificate graduates will have to enter their education background,” he said.
Among data to be entered includes the graduate’s registration number, form four and form six examination numbers, graduation years and the colleges at which they studied.
The procedure, which commenced last year, also requires every graduate to register through the council’s website, subsequent to which the applicant will be assigned an AVN number.
Twaha stressed that the registration involves all certificate and diploma holders including those who studied overseas.
According to him, only those whose information and certificate results will have been verified and entered into the NECTA system will receive a verification number (AVN).
He said the process will ensure that there is no cheating regarding academic certificates or the colleges which awarded them.
The identification will also help higher learning institutions and the student loans board to have proper information on a particular applicant.
Twaha pointed out that there have been challenges for 2017/18 graduates who applied for an AVN but were denied access because their colleges failed to submit their results to the council in time.
Already some offices, including the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, have started using the AVN system during recruitment of new staff.
He said the AVN would also be proof that a graduate had completed their studies and so had the requisite qualification to be employed or to be admitted into a higher learning institution.
The National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) was established by an Act of Parliament and is charged with overseeing and coordinating the provision of technical education and training in Tanzania.