The Deputy Commissioner General for Correctional Operations at the Namibian Correctional Service, Sam Shalulange has cautioned its shortlisted 15 867 candidates to be vigilant of scammers pretending to be in the employment of NCS, offering interview question papers.
The scamming involves monies being paid by members of the public for question papers to secure employment in the ongoing recruitment process of 200 correctional services officers, he stressed.
“We are very fortunate to not have received any reports on the scams as of yet but there was an example of the text message circulating on social media, in which someone attempted to scam unsuspecting people. Luckily the receiver of that SMS was fast enough to realize it was a scam,” Shaalulange said.
According to him, scammers are claiming that they have question papers for fitness tests.
The fitness tests are not conducted using papers. The Correctional service, he said also does not ask anyone for money nor are the officers allowed to sell question papers,Shaalulange added.
Shalulange further added that the Correctional service up to now does not have the questions papers, nor has it set up the questions that will be used for the interviews and tests, which he said are commencing this week.
On 26 September 2022, the NCS placed an advert looking for 200 recruits between 19 and 35 years old who possess qualifications in criminal justice, bakery, chefs, culinary, animal husbandry, crop production, fashion design industries and as truck drivers.
NCS has received 33 259 applications and is still in progress with 15 867 applicants shortlisted for the 200 positions it advertised.
The NCS said preference will be given to candidates with talents/skills in brass band and sports codes of which minimum qualifications requirement and age limit will be waived in terms of paragraph 17 of the NCS Recruitment Policy 2020.
Other minimum requirements were that candidates should not have criminal records or have a pending case under Schedule 1 and be free from mental or physical defects, disease or infirmity which might interfere with the proper execution of duties. Female candidates must be willing to undergo pregnancy tests.
The shortlisted candidates will go through an assessment test in various regions from 18 to 27 January.