Students warned against bogus colleges

Matriculants are urged to be vigilant when considering their choice of tertiary institutions because many private colleges are operating illegally.

Dr Shaheeda Essack, director of registrations at the Department of Higher Education and training (DHET) says students need to verify the accreditation and registration of the colleges as well as the programmes they offer with the department.

What we have discovered lately is that these bogus operators come in all forms and shape.

Dr Shaheeda Essack, Director of registrations at Department of Higher Education and training

Essack says most of these private colleges get accredited to offer one qualification and go on to offer other programmes that are not accredited with the department.

She says students should not be fooled by that one programme the college is accredited for, but should verify all the programmes offered.

Every institution receives a certificate from the department and a certificate from SETA that has to be displayed in the reception area. And if a certain programme offered is not there students need to start asking serious questions.

Dr Shaheeda Essack, Director of registrations at Department of Higher Education and training

What we have discovered is that some of the colleges forge the certificate and insert programmes they are not accredited for. It is really shocking to see some of the tricks some colleges get up to.

To verify whether a private college has been registered, students can call the department's toll free number 0800 87 22 22 or visit their website.

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