42 bo­gus uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges shut down

The New Age (Free State) - - NEWS - RUSSEL MOLEFE rus­selm@the­newage.co.za

FORTY-TWO bo­gus col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties which of­fered fake and un­ac­cred­ited pro­grammes have been shut down in the past week, the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing said.

They in­clude three bo­gus uni­ver­si­ties which pur­ported to be US-based and of­fered de­grees in 15 days. They are Barkley Uni­ver­sity, Study for Ca­reer Suc­cess and the Fargo Uni­ver­sity.

The owner of the Anoited Uni­ver­sity in Jo­han­nes­burg who of­fered de­grees and diplo­mas in the­ol­ogy and Chris­tian ed­u­ca­tion has been ar­rested.

An­other bo­gus col­lege based in the North West prov­ince known as the North West School of Fash­ion of­fered a bizarre de­gree of BSc in Fash­ion Man­age­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing spokesper­son Khaye Nk­wanyane said the depart­ment was mak­ing progress against bo­gus col­leges. “Those col­leges de­ceive our peo­ple and the youth by en­rolling them to un­ac­cred­ited pro­grammes and many of them do not have op­er­at­ing li­cences from the gov­ern­ment,” Nk­wanyane said.

“We call upon the public to help ex­pose them by giv­ing us de­tails so we can in­ves­ti­gate them,” he said.

The In­de­pen­dent In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion ear­lier called on prospec­tive stu­dents to scru­ti­nise col­leges be­fore en­rolling as it was easy to iden­tify cred­i­ble in­sti­tu­tions be­cause the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in SA was highly reg­u­lated.

The in­sti­tute said key in­for­ma­tion about in­sti­tu­tions was avail­able in the Reg­is­ter of Pri­vate Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tu­tions which is kept by the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing.

All cred­i­ble in­sti­tu­tions must show a cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion which shows pro­grammes ac­cred­ited by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity Com­mit­tee of the Coun­cil on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. All qual­i­fi­ca­tions must be reg­is­tered on the NQF by SAQA and stu­dents should ask for the SAQA NQF iden­tity num­bers.

Tak­ing CHarge: ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son khaye nk­wanyane.

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