Not accredited: college refunds angry students

2010-11-29 00:00

THE director of the Pietermaritzburg campus of Intuition Computer College, Neil Singh, has refunded tuition fees to disgruntled students who discovered that the college is not accredited to teach or offer the FET qualifications they registered for.

The students say they were misled by the college’s brochure at the beginning of the year.

According to the students, the brochure claims the institution is accredited to offer FET qualifications in human resources, travel and tourism, marketing management and secretarial and admin, executive secretarial, and public relations.

One student said she was disappointed to learn that she would not get credits at Unisa because it does not recognise the institution.

She said even though she has been refunded, she is still angry at having wasted a year of study. “We were told we would get diplomas at the beginning of the year, but as the year progressed they said we were now going to get certificates.” she said.

Singh said the college has been in business for 13 years and he does not want to ruin its reputation, so he refunded the students.

He added, “Our international qualifications are accredited by City and Guilds of London. We prefer to offer internationally recognised qualifications because there are more opportunities for students.”

Singh said he has applied for FET accreditation with the educations standards body, Umalusi, and is waiting for approval as this is a lengthy process.

Umalusi CEO Dr Mafu Rakometsi said the Durban campus is accredited by the ISETT Seta and has programmme approval from the Services Seta.

However, he added, Umalusi has not yet finalised the accreditation of the Pietermaritzburg campus. It is awaiting a report on a site visit by the ISETT Seta before this can be done.

Moloantoa Molaba, a spokesperson for the Higher Education and Training Department, said FET colleges that operate without following proper registration processes continue to be a challenge.

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