More forged matric certificates

2013-04-26 11:02

The number of forged matric certificates is increasing, and the situation is unlikely to change soon.

Afrikaans daily Beeld reported today that the validation processes last year established that 23% of matric certificates were questionable, compared to 21% in 2010.

This was according to Ina van der Merwe, the CEO of Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), South Africa’s largest company qualifications validator.

Certificates labelled as a risk were those containing information not in line with what was available.

Van der Merwe told the newspaper that in some cases, points and subjects were tampered with to reflect that candidates had qualified for admission to tertiary institutions.

In other cases, people bought fake certificates after failing or dropped out of school.

The quality of fraudulent certificates varied: in some cases they were amateurish, resembling a computer print-out, while others were hander to detect with the naked eye.

Van der Merwe said the fraud was symptomatic of a country experiencing recession pressures.

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