How SAQA aims to support integrity of qualification certificates

By sylviahammond, 23 January, 2024

shopThe South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has published the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Act 12 of 2019, (NQF Amendment Act) with the intention of preventing or at least minimising the use of fake certificates of qualification. 

An offence incurs a fine, or a fine and imprisonment of up to five years. See Section 32B, especially clauses (1)(c), (3) and (6).

Media reports indicate that the use of fake certificates has increased - no doubt at least partly due to the pressure to find work given the high unemployment rates in South Africa. An additional factor is the emphasis placed upon formal qualifications by the recruiting practitioners within human resource management. These practices also relate to the high unemployment levels, as it is more difficult and more time-consuming to filter out applicants when a very large number of applications are received.  

The NQF Amendment Act provides SAQA with the legal authority to verify qualifications, and to check whether the holder has genuinely completed the qualification and is registered on the National Learner Records Database (NLRD).  That is one side of the problem. Reviewing the recruitment practices of recruitment agencies and human resource management practitioners is an additional element in reducing the apparently growing trend in fake certificates of qualification. 



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