THE dream of 21 students to become social workers has been shattered by the discovery that they are studying at a fly-by-night institution.
This has left the students in shock since the discovery comes seven months after they enrolled at the college.
The students, who enrolled with Nkhensani HRD Community Development College in Tzaneen, said they had already lost out on time and money at the college since they started their social work auxiliary course in April this year.
Some students said when they started at the college, they were told that the tuition's fees were R14500 a year but that they would only pay R7500. They said they were told the balance would be subsidised by the government.
But the students discovered that the owner of the college had lied to them when she said the school was recognised by the SA Council for Social Service Profession (SACSSP).
Students, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they became suspicious about the institution when they were told to do practicals with a nongovernmental organisation.
This is contrary to what they were told earlier that they would be placed in government institutions.
The angry students said they want the owner of the school to refund their money so that they could register with reputable colleges next year.
They said after consultations with health professionals they decided to call the SACSSP in Pretoria to check whether or not the institution was registered.
"Since we did not get a satisfactory answer we ended up going to the council offices in Pretoria, where we were shown a list of registered colleges. Ours was not there," said one angry student.
The owner could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the South African Nursing Council in Pretoria confirmed that the college was not registered with the council.