Department cracks down on illegal colleges

2014-10-18 20:30
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Johannesburg - Criminal charges have been laid against some illegal colleges across the country in a crack down on bogus education institutions, the higher education department said on Saturday.

"The department has noted, once again, reports from the public about some of these bogus institutions and we are acting in response to them," the department said in statement.

A complaint has been laid with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against a university based in the USA trading as SFCS University (Study for Career Success).

"The university advertises itself on Facebook as being accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training and uses our logo," it said.

The institution claimed to offer bachelor's well as master's degrees and PhDs at various price levels within three weeks of registration, without studying.

"A letter will be sent next week to our South African embassy in the USA requesting them to assist in opening a case within the USA," the department said.

Other institutions pursued by the department included Barkley University (USA), Fargo University (USA) and Morolan IT Consultants which operates from 206 Troye Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria.

"A fraud case has been opened against an illegal college operating in Empangeni, KwaZulu -Natal, known as the Empangeni Commercial College, which has been operating illegally and issuing fake qualifications."

The department urged students to verify the registration status of any private institution offering higher education courses with the department before enrolling.

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