Higher Education warns of bogus colleges

Higher Education warns of bogus colleges

The Department of Higher Education has urged matriculants and parents not to fall prey to fly-by-night colleges.

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Lauren Beukes

Thousands of students are looking to further their studies after receiving their matric results on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says parents and students must check if institutions are registered with the department before enrolling. 

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"These institutions lie and mislead future students into believing that these colleges offer qualifications that are recognised as by the South African Qualification's authority". 

"These illegal colleges also offer compromised qualifications which are not recognised for employment purposes or for future studying. The department is working closely with law enforcement agencies to close down these colleges," he said.  

NSFAS says it's put in place measures to accommodate applicants seeking funding for 2020 despite missing the closing date.

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This follows the release of the 2019 matric results this week.

Matriculants have been flocking to tertiary institutions after finding out how they performed. 

The student financial aid scheme has so far confirmed funding for roughly 400 000 applicants.

Executive Administrator, Randall Carolissen says the measures will only apply to students who have already registered with a university or TVET college.

"What we do is we call them walk-ins. These are students that walk in to colleges where they have not applied for NSFAS, and so when they register at the college, we then work the college to process the application," he says. 

 "So it's not really a late application, its just the fact that we are assisting colleges through the process to make sure that students are not disadvantaged. Last year we had quite a number, with a 160,000 of these students. This year we think it's going to be a bit lower because we have a strong outreach programme in December," he said.  

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