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Fake qualifications undermine education system: Nzimande

By Sapa | 2014-08-14 07:13:29.0 | COMMENTS [ 156 ]

Qualifications fraud poses a danger to the credibility of the country's education system, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday.

"Unless employers, institutions and citizens can feel confident that individuals have earned the qualifications that they purport to have, the entire system will lose legitimacy," Nzimande said in a statement.

"Even the qualifications of those who have obtained them legitimately will be treated with suspicion, and this is unfair to all those who have genuinely worked to acquire such qualifications."

Nzimande said the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has noted increasing fraudulent activity, not only with regard to qualifications, but even with regard to its own certificates evaluating foreign qualifications.

"Unscrupulous individuals were willing to pay for false qualifications, and have no shame in producing these to support their CVs when applying for jobs, even in our educational institutions."

He said SAQA was putting in place a variety of processes to strengthen the security of its certificates.

SAQA was also developing internal capacity to identify fraudulent foreign qualifications more effectively, he said.

Fraudulent qualification documents range in quality from poor copies of legitimate qualifications to high-quality forgeries that are very difficult to differentiate from the original, he said.

On Monday, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said in a statement that party stalwart Pallo Jordan had resigned from Parliament and apologised to the ANC after reports that his qualifications were false.

Jordan had also offered to resign from the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC and from the ANC.

Nzimande said he was concerned at the casual manner with which some people treated the issue of forged or fake qualifications and CVs.

"I also plan to engage the criminal justice system on these matters so that there is an appreciation of their seriousness," he said.

COMMENTS [ 156 ]

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RobinX

Ne, Bra Blade! You don't say. So when is your boss going to start weeding out all the frauds in government?

2014-08-14 07:16:56.0 | 2 replies

Shredder

Good morning oom Robbie. Why did you call Katakata a stubborn mule yesterday? SMH.

2014-08-14 07:18:48.0 | 1 replies

RobinX

If you'd followed the thread you should know. I don't store all my interactions with foolish people, but I think it went about his insisting, over and over, that eating spoiled (expired) meat etc. is just fine and not bad for one's health at all.

2014-08-14 07:26:52.0 | 2 replies

RobinX

Sorry, how rude of me....... Good Morning to you.

2014-08-14 07:27:48.0 | 0 replies

Shredder

LOL. I only saw that altercation when I got home. I couldn't stop laughing. He wanted to eat spoiled meat? LOL You guys!! SMH.

2014-08-14 07:30:07.0 | 1 replies

RobinX

Kept insisting that he did all the time. Would not accept that animals and humans have differing sets of enzymes present in their systems.

2014-08-14 07:36:17.0 | 0 replies

skwamasamabele1

Blade and his hoodlums must think we were born yesterday. How many are holding ministerial portfolios without necessary qualifications. Running govt depts is different than running MaKhumalo's spaza shop. The rot started at the top.

2014-08-14 08:59:32.0 | 0 replies

Shredder

Niggerratti please!! How many times have people been opposed and being protected by the movement?

2014-08-14 07:17:53.0 | 0 replies

maneater

.....now the frogface is kicking his own comrade while he is down!

2014-08-14 07:21:53.0 | 1 replies

RobinX

But that's mos how those disgusting hypocrites roll, isn't it?

2014-08-14 07:28:16.0 | 0 replies

Dubulaamanzi

Bra D@rkie is on point but still owe us an explanation of a black plastic bag that went missing,th!ef!

2014-08-14 07:28:19.0 | 2 replies

Shredder

Good morning mfanakithi. How are you today? Let me ask you again, where is snowie? haha

2014-08-14 07:31:13.0 | 1 replies

Dubulaamanzi

Morning good and you, it's been a while I don't talk to her, I saw you yesterday flirting with ruralgirl.

2014-08-14 07:34:50.0 | 1 replies

Shredder

LOL. I wasn't flirting with her. montlenyane started all that. You have me under the microscope ne? Haha

2014-08-14 07:41:55.0 | 1 replies

Dubulaamanzi

Yeah I'm watching you :)

2014-08-14 08:09:20.0 | 1 replies

Shredder

Lahlela amaverse amabili ngale ku article yamakholwa.

2014-08-14 08:11:41.0 | 1 replies

skwamasamabele1

Yeah, thats where he belongs, Liars' article

2014-08-14 09:01:14.0 | 0 replies

Mamlamb0

Blade IS on point with this comment. People need to take these fake qualifications thing seriously.

2014-08-14 09:05:15.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

Is Blunt saying that the South African Qualifications Authority is compromised and their certificates are bought? Is there nothing that isn't for sale in SA?

2014-08-14 07:54:27.0 | 0 replies

lule

lots of online Universities offering MBAs and their enrollment procedures very questionable.

2014-08-14 07:55:54.0 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

Unscrupulous individuals were willing to pay for false qualifications, and have no shame in producing these to support their CVs when applying for jobs, even in our educational xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxWhy are they buying false qualifications if they will be ashamed to produce them in their CVs

2014-08-14 07:58:13.0 | 0 replies

lamolath

What about cheating at the FET colleges,Technikons and Varsities...batho ba kopa strong..one can get a real question paper as it is days before exam...

2014-08-14 07:59:22.0 | 0 replies

lule

true Lamolath.....No wonder some companies especially private sector wants a recognized University meaning they know such acts are common with the rest of Technikons and other Universities eg Monash.

2014-08-14 08:09:33.0 | 0 replies

MthimbanaT

Fake communist Blade Emmanuel Nzimande, your PhD in verbal diarrhea also undermines our education system. Until your Mickey Mouse SACP wins the elections, you remain a useless and clueless Johnny Walker Blue sipping parasite.

2014-08-14 08:09:53.0 | 1 replies

Mokwepa

Mthimbana dnt be immotional of the news and the politics....you family loves you.

2014-08-14 08:18:04.0 | 3 replies
2014-08-14 08:20:16.0 | 0 replies

MthimbanaT

Mokwepa write in English dude so that I can understand

2014-08-14 08:27:08.0 | 1 replies

Dandan

Dont forget you are from Swaziland giveus a space to decide for our country dont we must be ruled by your white masters

2014-08-14 08:36:01.0 | 3 replies

MthimbanaT

And you are from DRC Congo, flipping goat herding moron. Give us some space too

2014-08-14 08:38:46.0 | 0 replies

Mokwepa

yeah but dnt be immotional...people die guyz...baby steps when coming to news

2014-08-14 08:40:02.0 | 1 replies

MthimbanaT

Mokwepa please man this is not whatsapp or BBM, write in a manner that will enable me to understand.

2014-08-14 08:45:06.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

What are you talking about?

2014-08-14 08:40:24.0 | 1 replies

MAINFRAME

hey leave black people alone can't you they are you see talking stup!d madala y dont u just switch to news.24 then maybe u will find your rac!st friends d!ck

2014-08-14 09:14:09.0 | 3 replies
2014-08-14 09:33:28.0 | 0 replies

MAINFRAME

cant you see they are talking

mistake

2014-08-14 09:34:37.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

AG F U K OFF YOU SICK RACIST GADFLY!

2014-08-14 09:49:20.0 | 0 replies

skwamasamabele1

Mokwepa, spell-check 'immotional'. Dandan- Since you left the IFP, you seem to have developed a big mouth-piece for the ANC. BTW, how is your former cretin leader gatsha these days????

2014-08-14 09:05:43.0 | 1 replies

MthimbanaT

Heyi Skwama, leNkatha uDandahead nomnganyana wakhe uMgwiji bebangihlaneyele last week bengitshela ukuthinuMswati uyangifuna. Noma ngizitshela leziqhaza ukuthi angikaze ngikubhade eSwazini ngakhulela eVaal asifuni ukuzwa lutho

2014-08-14 09:39:45.0 | 0 replies

UnbiasedCitizen

Pallo did not have PhD but had enormous political brains, and this guy has PhD with no brains. Funny how formal education is used as a tool to undermine intellects's intelligence and also use to glorify idiots.

2014-08-14 08:12:37.0 | 3 replies

staalin

Ummm can we actually be sure about the qualifications ?

2014-08-14 08:24:09.0 | 0 replies

Dandan

brains when contradicing the very same organisation of yours, creating disrepute

2014-08-14 08:27:06.0 | 1 replies

MthimbanaT

What are you saying kodwa wena? Bhala ngesiZulu maaaan uyeke ukubheda. Kuyabonakala ukuthi uphume ngefasitela esikoleni :)

2014-08-14 08:40:27.0 | 2 replies

Dandan

go back to swaziland , SA wont be under your whites

2014-08-14 08:51:54.0 | 1 replies

MthimbanaT

Fusega wena. Ubuyele esikoleni. Nomntwana ka Phindangene uyakufuna kwinkatha mbuzindini :)

2014-08-14 09:41:09.0 | 0 replies

skwamasamabele1

Thiza-LOVL. Emsinga azange baye esikoleni, they were chasing g.oats and cars, with no trousers on. He claims to have university education but his correspondence says otherwise

2014-08-14 09:08:41.0 | 1 replies

MthimbanaT

LOVL :). Ugrand Nkalakatha?

2014-08-14 09:42:01.0 | 0 replies

ShadesOfGrey

Qualifications says less about the person than the ideas that he or she has been exposed to. For example, clearly Zuma is really good at getting people to do what he wants, but because he has not been exposed to Plato and probably doesn't even know who Democratus was, he has no idea what to do with this political power.

He doesn't seem to understand the basic ideas behind a constitutional democracy and instead sees himself as some kind of king, perfectly entitled to use public funds for the enrichment of him and his family.

2014-08-14 10:09:39.0 | 1 replies

Nkwesheng!!

Malome Shades, you know that King or Nduna mentality irritate me very much especially when the children think they are Princes and Princess of South Africa.

2014-08-14 11:56:40.0 | 0 replies
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