Forged matric certificates on the rise

2013-04-26 10:16
Matrics wait anxiously for their results. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Matrics wait anxiously for their results. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The number of forged matric certificates is increasing, and the situation is unlikely to change soon, it was reported on Friday.

Validation processes in 2012 established that 23% of matric certificates were questionable, compared to 21% in 2010, Ina van der Merwe, CEO of Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), South Africa's largest company qualifications validator, told Beeld.

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 printout, while others were hander to detect with the naked eye.

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

Read more on:    education  |  matric

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.