Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked nearly 10,000 civil servants who were found using fake education certificates.
He ordered that they leave their work stations by 15 May or else they will be arrested and prosecuted.
Mr Magufuli was reacting to a report by a task force listing 9,932 government employees with dubious secondary school qualifications.
That’s just over 2% of the country’s civil servants.
The civil servants could also be prosecuted and if found guilty of fraud could face up to seven years in jail.
The investigation only looked into secondary school qualifications of officials in local government, public institutions and government agencies and has not examined university degree certificates.
President Magufuli said salaries for the sacked employees for this month should be withheld and asked for post that were being held by fake certificates holders should be announced immediately. ”They are thieves like any other thieves, you can not perform if you don’t have deserving qualifications” he said