Higer Education Minister to clamp down on fake qualifications.

There have been a number of high-profile scandals whereby government and state-owned entities officials have misrepresented their qualifications.

Eusebius McKaiser discusses the role of the Higher Education and Training Department with the department's director of the National Qualifications Framework, Dr Shirley Lloyd.

Lloyd says the National Qualifications Framework Act gives Minister of Higher Education the overall executive responsibility to ensure the credibility of qualifications is maintained.

She says the minister has strengthened the role of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and now requires SAQA to provide him with a registry of all records every two months.

She also explains that the department has a 'recognition of prior learning policy' to recognise working experience as a qualification.

In the month of March my directorate will be going around the country doing capacity building workshops for education and training providers, companies, skills development providers, to assist implementing the recognition of prior learning.

Dr Shirley Lloyd, Higher Education director of the National Qualifications Framework

Director of iFacts Jenny Reid also weighed in on the conversation saying high profile cases encourage misrepresentation of qualifications because other citizens look up to them.

It sort of becomes the norm that it's an easy way to earn good money and progress to an organisation.

Jenny Reid, director of iFacts

We find that often in the HR department it's a tick process. They do certain things that are cheaper. They don't want to be a massive expense to an organisation. They forget that the cost of that can be up to three times higher than the annual salary of that employee.

Jenny Reid, director of iFacts

A lot of the senior management would allegedly know somebody. So, they would bypass the HR department and the verification process.

Jenny Reid, director of iFacts

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