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Beware of 'fly-by-night' colleges

2011-01-25 15:28

Pretoria - Students and parents were advised on Tuesday to consult the department of higher education and training to avoid being fleeced by illegal, or "fly-by-night" tertiary institutions.

"These 'fly-by-night' institutions mislead prospective parents and students into believing that they are legally registered entities and accredited by accreditation bodies," the National Consumer Commission said in a statement.

"Only pay registration fees or other fees after confirming that the institution is registered and accredited with relevant bodies and for the relevant courses."

The obvious fraudsters made no attempt to register and operate as colleges or similar tertiary institutions and purely intended to defraud people.

In other instances entities were legitimate, but only accredited for certain programmes, or their registration was still pending approval, or had been granted only provisionally.

The public should therefore contact the education department to confirm whether the institution and the courses it offered were registered with higher education department.

"If provisional approval has been granted to the entity note that there is some risk involved in enrolling," the commission said.

"The department of education must still do an audit and determine if the entity's finances, compliance procedures, sustainability model, etc are in order before granting or revoking the registration."

Legitimate institutions and places of employment did not recognise certificates issued by these unregistered institutions.

Students and parents can visit the department's website at www.education.gov.za or call 012 312 5881/5695/5667.

Comments
  • JP Rheeder - 2011-01-25 15:39

    Been to CTI, What a crap college. Beware.

      JP Rheeder - 2011-01-25 15:42

      I enrolled thinking that I would be eventually getting a degree accredited by the University of Cambridge, only to find out that they had never secured a deal with them, and have subsequently changed their tune to University of Greenwich, just wonder how long before their application gets rejected there as well.

      JP Rheeder - 2011-01-25 15:42

      I enrolled thinking that I would be eventually getting a degree accredited by the University of Cambridge, only to find out that they had never secured a deal with them, and have subsequently changed their tune to University of Greenwich, just wonder how long before their application gets rejected there as well.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-01-25 16:15

      Went to CTI as well (7 years ago). Must say, what I "learnt" there, I already knew from my High School days (but with standards as they are today, it might not be the case), and it was a complete RIP-OFF in my opinion. I learnt more from my first month of work, than I did that entire year.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-01-25 16:15

      Went to CTI as well (7 years ago). Must say, what I "learnt" there, I already knew from my High School days (but with standards as they are today, it might not be the case), and it was a complete RIP-OFF in my opinion. I learnt more from my first month of work, than I did that entire year.

  • kozikan - 2011-01-25 15:41

    got screwed by HARTWELL BUSINESS INSTITUTE in Edenvale... thought it was rather strange that a college offering a business certificate in Administration couldnt get their act together to have pens and paper and equipment... JA WELL IT HAPPENS!!!

  • threezero - 2011-01-25 15:43

    What about our "fly by night" matric certificates?

      Stickso - 2011-01-25 15:54

      Those will get you a "fly by night" degree, what's a problem? lol

      Stickso - 2011-01-25 15:54

      Those will get you a "fly by night" degree, what's a problem? lol

      Kristi10 - 2011-01-25 19:07

      LOL!

      Kristi10 - 2011-01-25 19:07

      LOL!

  • The_Truth - 2011-01-25 15:49

    If you have a 2010 matric pass of less than 60%, then that means you are in actual fact a failure anyway, as a result of the adjustment of marks. In my opinion anyone getting under 50 % is a failure, and if these people get conned by these bogus colleges, they deserve it

      safya.e - 2011-01-25 16:39

      well said

      safya.e - 2011-01-25 16:39

      well said

  • Rowan - 2011-01-26 08:37

    Been to SA Maritime back in 98, lost my "certificate" called them to get a new one and the chaps tell me that the collage liquidated in 2003 therefore cannot supply me with one. ZERO RECORD that I ever attended 1 year full time course. Guess What same institution has re-opened with same telephone numbers and same people. Please be very careful.

  • kylebrunette - 2011-01-26 11:12

    Hi JP, sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience with CTI, however, I cannot agree with your assessment. Overall, my experience at CTI was a positive one, and I walked straight into a decent job with nothing more than a CTI Qualification (ISSD) and my Matric Certificate.

  • kylebrunette - 2011-01-26 11:13

    Hi JP, sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience with CTI, however, I cannot agree with your assessment. Overall, my experience at CTI was a positive one, and I walked straight into a decent job with nothing more than a CTI Qualification (ISSD) and my Matric Certificate.

  • Bronwen - 2011-01-27 15:24

    Dear JP I would like to personally discuss any issues that you might have had whilst studying at CTI. Please do not hesitate to contact me at Group Head Office - 011 467 8422 or bronwenvw@cti.co.za Kind Regards Bronwen van Wyk National Programme Coordinator Service Delivery Department (CTI Group Head Office)

  • Seepamore Marcia - 2015-02-03 00:20

    I just saw an institute where u can study for about 6 weeks called Get Smart ... is it for real.?..is there anyone who knows about it... want to register but scared of fly by night.. The other one that I want to know that it's also registered is Oxbridge or O'brien? anyone please help me.

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