Matrics warned against bogus colleges

2013-01-08 20:26

Johannesburg - Matriculants must be aware of bogus colleges when applying for courses, the SA Students' Congress (Sasco) warned on Tuesday.

"We call upon prospective students to be vigilant in choosing institutions of higher learning to pursue their studies," Sasco said in a statement.

"There are many thugs waiting to make money by registering our students in non-existent colleges or unaccredited courses."

Sasco urged the youth to contact the department of higher education to confirm colleges' credibility.

  • debduplessis - 2013-01-08 20:42

    So how does the public & matrics know who is bogus and who is not? Is there a National Database of properly certified courses & institutions one can reliably query?

      JaredVN - 2013-01-08 21:39

      Matrics should also be warned about bogus matric certificates, where 30% is a so-called pass mark, leaving the victim with a worthless "qualification" which perhaps qualifies the bearer for washing dishes, but nothing more.

      celeste.m.lackay - 2013-01-08 22:06

      @Jared - if 30% is Umalusi's pass mark why should ANY other FET expect something higher? @Deb - the only way is to actually phone the relevant SETA and enquire about accreditation. Checking databases and webpages is worthless because its outdated and inaccurate. Ask for the actual accreditation document and get another institution to verify that what your looking at is indeed authentic. The amount of ~fly-by-nights~ are just too much.

      ethan.pugh.92 - 2013-01-09 04:04

      I believe that it is better to stick to traditional Universities for formal education and degrees. I have a colleague who completed a "Masters Degree" at Cranefield College. Then she was offered a transfer by the company to Singapore. It turns out that this College was not recognised by Singapore, so she could not go. What a sad situation, and wasted time / resources. These private companies who offer University degrees do make education accessible, but the also de-value formal education. Call me names, but I'll stick to our sometimes poorly run & managed universities.. Thank you.

  • leedsunitedfc - 2013-01-08 20:44

    South Harmon Institute of Technology

      Charles Szente - 2013-01-08 20:56

      that was a pretty funny movie!

  • norman.landman - 2013-01-08 21:09

    You may check if the college is accredited by umalusi on their website and if they are registered with the dhet on their website and the institution must display these certificates on their wall where the public may see them, be sure to check their scope of accreditation, meaning, what have they been accredited to offer, e.g. if their scope is engineering, they can't offer secretary courses, some institutions are SETA accredited, you can also verify that on the relevant seta website, again, check their scope!

  • michael.bushes.1 - 2013-01-08 21:12

    "Matrics warned against bogus colleges" Matriculants, dont only worry about bogus collegese but also worry about registered and accredited colleges offering non registered qualifications.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2013-01-08 21:15

    First on the list: Department of Education.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-08 21:23

    if u want a stress free academic institution register with UNISA attend clsses read and pass case close

  • dave.kofang - 2013-01-08 21:28

    Its Zimbabwean and Congolese syndicates doin this nonsense.Parents shud not jst give money for registration,they must check if da college is legit b4 sending their children to study.

      sean.sapien - 2013-01-09 07:47

      Wut r do sayding? Doo do hud a bud ikspereeuns at 1 uf dees payses?

  • Nitrate'angel Da'Rockas Tlhokz Mzonyane - 2013-01-08 21:42

    there are plenty of fly-by-night/bogus in Joburg and are operated by foreigners

  • bushy.mogale.39 - 2013-01-08 21:47

    Sasco must not just warn the student---they must also take the responsibility to find accredited institutions for these students. That's what leaders are for!!!!

      celeste.m.lackay - 2013-01-08 22:13

      @Busy - true enough, but duped learners will always have to carry the responsibility on their own shoulders. Parents MUST accompany their kids upon registration and DON'T be fooled by decor, flashy uniforms and friendly faces! I've been around the scene too long to know that in the end IMAGE is everything. Remember Damelin East London last year? What about Boston? You can't be too careful

      sabelo.l.mthembu - 2013-01-09 05:58

      But since when is it Sasco's responsibility to find accredited institutions for students? Imagine if they had to find every single person who passed matric a place to study. Don't be silly. Parents have the responsibility to find a tertiary institute for their children and also the responsibility to do that accreditation research.

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2013-01-08 22:05

    What sasco says is not always the case, a college can be registered and still offer un-accredited course, that is very important.

  • KUSTAMK - 2013-01-08 22:05

    Can you believe it Sasco can think, but warning the students is not sufficient as there are more illigal colleges, many fall victim every year. Dept Edu, SAPS are the most appropriate reciepient of such a warning.

  • kevin.abraham.908 - 2013-01-09 07:12

    Surely it should be quite easy to have a registry of educational institutions which meet the neccesary requirements? The prospective student would then have a reference to guide his/her decision

  • kevin.abraham.908 - 2013-01-09 07:12

    Surely it should be quite easy to have a registry of educational institutions which meet the neccesary requirements? The prospective student would then have a reference to guide his/her decision

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