Misrepresented qualifications remain on a rise

By Drum Digital
18 August 2016

South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa) has confirmed that out of 72 553 public sector qualifications submitted for verification, only 94 were misrepresented.

By Brenda Sekgota

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has confirmed that out of 72 553 public sector qualifications submitted for verification, only 94 were misrepresented.

These figures are from the financial year April 2015 to April 2016. During April to June 2016, 18 729 qualifications were submitted and none were misrepresented.

However, CEO of SAQA, Joe Samuels further added that it is important to note that the figure represented does not represent the entire public sector, as the Minister of Department of Public Service and Administration, Adv. Ngoako Ramatlhodi, made it optional for staff members to submit.

“People know that there are dire consequences to face, if you have misrepresented your qualifications,” says Samuels.

He further added that for this reason, many people don’t submit their qualifications for verification.

Recently a probe into the degree-for-sale scandal that has rocked the University of Zululand has shown that more than 4 000 people may have paid for their degrees for over 20 years.

This figure suggests that people that form part of this figure, might have been offered employment using these fraudulent qualifications.

“It is important for each organisation to verify the qualifications of its employees,” says Samuels.

He believes that when verification is done before employment, such scandals that surround the University of Zululand will be exposed and rectified.

He also adds that it is very soon to single out what could happen to such individuals as the investigations continues, however he says that it all remains in the hands of the employer.

“All we do as SAQA is report the misrepresented degrees to the police and the law takes its course,” says Samuels.

Police believe that the latest scam involves around 400 to 500 degrees which could have been scammed and most are teaching qualifications.

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