The International Study Centre (ISC), a UK based NGO that facilitates international students to academic preparation courses taught by highly trained Study Group staff has been accused of defrauding desperate unemployed Ugandans searching for jobs.
A total of 204 applicants were reportedly charged Shs.155,000 each for criminal record clearance for the same post of Administrative Assistant which was advertised in a local newspaper, The New Vision of February 1, 2016.
Mr. Samuel Nsubuga, one of the applicants who reportedly presented a Certificate of Good Conduct issued by Interpol in Kampala; a copy of which was seen by our reporter, was compelled to pay the Shs.155,000 on ground that ISC does not accept certificates issued by Uganda police or Interpol.
ISC criminal disclosure policy requires all applicants to fill in a CRB form and pay shs.155,000/= (One Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Uganda shillings) towards their criminal check procedure.
According to the organisation’s criminal disclosure form, a copy of which was seen by this reporter, the fees can be deposited at Barclays Bank Account No. 6005024437, Account Name; INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE LTD.
“Applicants making payments at the bank must scan and email the payment receipt, to which an acknowledgment email shall be sent back by our team. The applicant is advised to retain the transactional receipt for future references,” reads part of the form.
The conduct of the organisation has raised several queries including how an NGO operating in Uganda can refuse to accept Uganda Police Clearance letters issued by Interpol, who authorised ISC to conduct and issue Criminal Record Clearance to Ugandan applicants in full disregard of the Uganda Police Force and the laws of Uganda and whether it’s authorized to solicit the said money, among others.
Uganda government has been asked to urgently intervene, correct ISC and order them to refund all the money to desperate unemployed youth that they have defrauded.