Head of communications at Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) Jennifer Barkhuizen says they have noticed a large number of people misrepresenting themselves in the job market, meaning they falsify their qualifications.
She says many people have said that they do that due to the high unemployment rate in the country.
In other instances, it can be that people don't want to put in the work to get their qualifications and just wanting to take the easy way out by buying an online qualification, which is not valid.— Jennifer Barkhuizen, Head of communications at Managed Integrity Evaluation
Barkhuizen says in order to guard against this, companies need to do a thorough background check on qualification before they employ people.
It is very important that this is applied to every position to ensure that people who are onboard are qualified and are who they say they are.— Jennifer Barkhuizen, Head of communications at Managed Integrity Evaluation
She says people who falsify their qualifications could end up in jail when they get caught because it is a criminal offence.
I don't think people understand how severe it can be if you use a fake document because it is an act of fraud.— Jennifer Barkhuizen, Head of communications at Managed Integrity Evaluation
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Misrepresentation and qualifications fraud remains high in South Africa