Would-be teachers’ fake degrees

2013-09-05 00:00

A PROBE by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has revealed many teachers tried to get jobs with fake maths and science degrees.

SAQA CEO Joe Samuels yesterday said his organisation had uncovered a syndicate that specialised in selling “grade certificates” from the Cape Coast University in Ghana, which focused on getting unqualified people jobs as teachers.

Samuels said the attempts to get jobs with fake degrees had increased from 37 last year to 98 this year.

Danie Strydom, executive head of the verification company QVS, said 13% of all the degrees checked by his company were either total fakes or amended to show better results in specific degrees. He said fake degrees mainly originated from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

The fake degrees are on average sold for R5 000. SA and the United Arab Emirates are the main markets of fake degrees.

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