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DHET enforces compliance & inspections on training providers – updates

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    • #64837
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      Extracted from the DHET’s website:

      DHET embarks on a countrywide private colleges (training providers) inspection to enforce compliance:

      The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will be embarking on a three-week long nationwide public awareness campaign aimed at enforcing compliance with the relevant legislations in the private college sector.

      The campaign will consist of inspections and public awareness activities in major towns and cities around the country including Rustenburg, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Bloemfontein.

      The DHET officials will be conducting impromptu inspections in partnership with local law enforcement authorities as well as public awareness campaigns in public venues and taxi ranks countrywide to expose fraudulent private higher institutions that are rampant this time of the year.

      The campaign – in partnership with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Quality Councils – will kick off on Thursday 18 January 2018 at the main Rustenburg taxi rank. The campaign will conclude on 10 February 2018 with an inspection blitz in Bloemfontein at 28 Maitland Street as well as a mass awareness campaign at the taxi rank.
      All private higher education institutions are governed by the Higher Education Act, 1997 and the Continuing Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006. The purpose of the legislations is to ensure that institutions operate within the law, have the necessary resources, capacity and expertise to offer acceptable standards of higher education qualifications that are aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

      As a new legislative requirement all private Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) accredited providers are now required to register with the Department as private colleges.

      Students are therefore urged to verify the accreditation and registration status of private colleges and private higher education institutions, their programmes and sites, with the Department, the relevant SETAs and the QCTO.

      Prospective students can also access the private and public higher institutions registers on the Department’s website or call the DHET at 0800 87 22 22.

      (Inspections started yesterday 18th January 2018, and is ongoing for the next 3 weeks)

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    • #64844
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      So what have we learned the past two days? If you are an accredited provider, and you have your own premises, whereby you display what you offer (skills programmes, qualifications). It is important that what you are displaying to the public, must be validated against what you are approved for. Have your accreditation and scope available at all times and work with the DHET. If you are offering qualifications whereby you do not have approval from the Authorities (SETA/QCTO/Umalusi), then the DHET will take action, as it is illegal to offer NQF programmes, if you don’t have accreditation and learning programme approval. For those whom are accredited as a Training Provider by any of the 21 SETAs or QCTO, please ensure that you adhere to the compulsory application for registration with the DHET.

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    • #64849
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET 20 January 2018: “We are back at Johannesburg CBD, Cnr Kerk and Joubert street. If you’re a prospective student intending to register at a private college please come through to check if the college is registered and the course you’re intending to register for is accredited”.

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    • #64880
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET Update 23 January 2018: Public awareness campaign against bogus college: DHET team is out in Durban CBD, corner Joe Slove and Anton Lembede street educating young people on what do before registering in a private college

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    • #64900
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET update: DHET concludes the KZN leg of Bogus Colleges campaign. Tomorrow 25 January 2018 – we move to E/Cape, P/Elizabeth as the Nationwide campaign continues.

      Question: do I continue with updates?

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    • #64901
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET has shut down 11 Bogus Colleges in Braamfontein. It’s acting in other provinces to do the same. (According to eNCA news).

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    • #64905
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      Bogus Colleges warning – scams becoming more sophisticated.

      The following article is an interesting read and important to share!

      SCAMSTERS EXPLOIT HIGHER EDUCATION REGULATIONS TO HOODWINK PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS. (Alberton Record)

      WITH the continued growth in demand for quality higher education options, whether in the public university or private higher education sector, there has also been an increase in bogus colleges exploiting the complexities of the regulatory environment for own gain.

      “As matriculants start considering their options for 2018 and applying for higher education, parents, guardians and prospective students should ensure they don’t fall prey to these unscrupulous operators,” said Dr Felicity Coughlan, director of The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution.

      She advises that bogus colleges have become increasingly sophisticated in their methodology and that fraudsters are making the most of the fact that some of the language related to legitimate private higher education is hard to understand, which means that they are able to present an offer that appears legitimate.

      “South Africans know that they should be wary of bogus colleges and from time to time there are media reports about campaigns of the Department of Higher Education and Training visiting the premises of such colleges and laying charges with the police,” said Coughlan.

      These colleges exploit a deep aspirational desire of young people to access quality education so that they can create a better life for themselves. Perhaps because of the fundamental nature of that desire, potential students often fall prey to the scams.

      As with any other type of scam, the best scams are always those that have a veneer of respectability and accurate information. The best lies always contain a grain of truth and education scams are regrettably able to deceive precisely because of the language around the rules.

      “An example is the fact that private higher education institutions may not call themselves private universities, even though they are subject to exactly the same oversight as public universities. Because the language describing what legitimate private higher education providers do and what they are is so tortuous, bogus providers can present themselves much more clearly, as they continue to use the terms the public understand – such as university,” advises Coughlan.

      She says the only remedy is to continue driving a public awareness campaign to limit the massive damage suffered by those affected by these scams.

      “A college is either registered or not. A qualification is either accredited or registered or it is not. And if a programme and a campus are registered and accredited, a certificate to that effect should be readily available. Any campus or qualification that cannot be backed up with a certificate should be viewed as bogus. It really is that simple – if a college or higher education provider is legitimate, the provider, its campuses and all its qualifications will be registered with the DHET and they will have a certificate that includes the details. In the absence of these it is not above board,” she said.

      Unregistered and unaccredited colleges at further and higher education level are regrettably still part of our country’s landscape and it is mostly those who can least afford it who fall victim to these scams.

      Courtesy: Meropa Communications and the Independent Institute of Education

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    • #64907
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET update: Today and tomorrow (25 -26 January) we are at Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth raising awareness about bogus/illegal Colleges. If you’re a prospective or registered student at private college come through to verify if the college is registered.

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    • #64951
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      Visit to Institutions of Higher Education in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

      The purpose of the visits is to monitor progress regarding the support NSFAS is providing to higher education institutions in implementing the changes to student funding. This follows the announcement made by President Jacob Zuma in regards to free education.

      Deputy Minister Manamela will be joined by the CEO of NSFAS Mr Steven Zwane.

      Members of the media are invited as follows:

      PART ONE: Visit to Mangosuthu University of Technology
      Date: 30 January 2018
      Venue: Mangosuthu University of Technology
      Time: 11:00
      Address: 511 Griffiths Mxenge Hwy, Umlazi, Durban, 4031

      PART TWO: Visit to Durban University of Technology
      Date: 30 January 2018
      Venue: Durban University of Technology
      Time: 14:00
      Address: 41/43 M L Sultan Rd, Greyville, Durban, 4001

      Enquiries: Matahepo Seedat 082 679 9473 and Phatisa Ntlonze 078 144 5980

      Issued by Government Communication and Information System
      29 January 2018

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    • #64968
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET Update 31 January 2018: DHET is at Nelspruit, Prominent Centre, Louis Trichard Street and Taxi Rank in for the awareness of the Bogus Colleges in the area.

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    • #64975
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET visited Beacon of Hope Academy in Nelspruit, it is not accredited with QCTO this side, the Academy must stop operating immediately until accredited. (50 minutes ago in Nelspruit)

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    • #64976
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET update: “Advisory Progressive College offering N3-5 Courses they are not accredited to offer in Nelspruit.”

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    • #64977
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      Clarity? Providers cannot offer qualifications, skills programmes and unit standards if there is no proof of accreditation. If you have applied for accreditation, and don’t have approval as yet, you cannot offer programmes which is not approved by SETA/QCTO. The DHET is cleaning up the industry.

      If your house is in order, then there is nothing to worry about. Please ensure that you have your accreditation documents and proof of accreditation and scope available at all times. This will make the process for you and the DHET much easier, when they do visit you!

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    • #65013
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET Update 02 Feb 2018: The Department of Higher Education and Training will be at Polokwane for the awareness of the Bogus Colleges campaign.

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    • #65021
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET update 2 Feb 2018:

      The Department of Higher Education and Training visited Gauteng Technical College, The College is not accredited with QCTO, UMALUSI and SASSETA, Gauteng Technical College is also not accredited to offer National Diploma in Policing and N4-6 studies

      Hartland Training and Development Centre is not registered with DHET & not accredited with CHE

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    • #65024
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      DHET Update 3 Feb 2018:
      The Department of Higher Education has condemned the acts of illegal colleges taking advantage of vulnerable prospective students. This as part of the department’s public Awareness Campaign on credentials of private colleges which is currently in Polokwane.

      It also follows the arrest of three suspects aged between 26 and 56 who were allegedly found operating an illegal Training College at the Indian Centre in the City of Polokwane this week.

      Director of Registration Private Higher Institutions Dr. Shaheeda Essack says the problem areas the department is faced with, is colleges offering Policing diplomas without accreditation from the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority.

      The department has urged all prospective students to verify information before registering with any college.

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