42 bogus universities and colleges shut down
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.