“We further implore the various stakeholders to continue addressing the remaining outstanding certificates,” she said.
“We want to literally see every student who completed their studies having been issued with a certificate and ensuring our government’s priority to eradicate poverty, unemployment and inequality, and essentially not subjecting students to further suffering by not giving them this essential golden ticket that can really assist them in being active participants in our economy.”
Manamela said great progress had been made in clamping down on illegal colleges.
“As far back as 2011, we have been working with SAPS and the department of basic education. We have been cracking down on operators of bogus colleges and more than 40 operators of illegal colleges have been arrested, including US-based operators. We have laid charges with the FBI and have published a list to warn students about unscrupulous providers and their modus operandi,” he said.
The deputy minister attributed the success of the clampdown to the department’s hard work, commitment to get rid of bogus colleges and helping some to become compliant.
“One of the key reasons we have seen fewer illegal colleges is because our unit in the department has been working quite hard with some of the colleges that were committed to meet the requirements and have helped them to become properly registered institutions.
“I have been to some of the institutions who in the past were operating illegally and have now complied. The strategy has been to shut down those who are unprepared to compromise but also help those who are willing to comply with the law.”