Qualifications: Education Dept to crack down

2010-11-10 00:00

EMPLOYEES of the KZN Education Department who think they have got away with cheating the system by failing to submit proof of qualifications should think again.

That was the warning given by a department spokesperson yesterday.

In August the provincial Treasury internal audit took head-on the mammoth task of verifying qualifications of the more than 100 000 employees of the department.

This meant visiting thousands of schools, district offices and service centres around the province.

Employees were required to produce proof of their identity documents or passports and to present their original certificates of qualifications or certified copies to the auditors.

But according to department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa, not everyone did so.

Mlotshwa would not be drawn into disclosing how many employees have not had their qualifications verified.

The Witness understands that the number is substantial.

The employees have been given a new deadline to report with the required documents to the offices of the Provincial Treasury internal audit at Nomalanga House, 214 Langalibalele Street.

Mlotshwa said he does not want to make any assumptions at this stage about why some employees have failed to produce their documents.

However, he said, tough measures will be taken against employees who miss the new deadline tomorrow for submitting documents.

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