Educor have obligation to award qualifications – Nzimande

Educor has obligation to award qualifications – Nzimande

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande says the four Educor colleges, City Varsity, Damelin, Icesa City Campus and Lyceum College, still need to award students their qualifications.

Blade Nzimande

Nzimande says the obligation will remain during the registration and phase-out periods.

Damelin, CityVarsity, Icesa City Campus and Lyceum College were deregistered last month after failing to fulfil the requirements for registration.

Various allegations have also been made against them, including complaints about the quality of education they are providing and the non-payment of staff.

Higher Education spokesperson Veli Mbele said the qualifications issued by the institutions remain valid.

"In making this decision, the Department gave careful consideration to the potential impact on students. Consistent with this, as the regulator, the Department wishes to assure both the students, alternative academic institutions, and current and potential employers that the qualifications issued or obtained during the period of registration and during the phase-out period remain valid and recognised. 

“This assurance was also communicated by the South African Qualifications Authority.”

Mbele said the department is currently handling queries from students, many of whom have expressed their frustration with the lack of communication and unresponsiveness of the four Educor colleges.

"The department wishes to restate that the decision to cancel the registration City Varsity , Damelin , Icesa City Campus and Lyceum College still stands. The department also wishes to issue a stern warning to existing private higher education institutions that the Department will not hesitate to cancel the registration of any institution that wilfully violates the conditions of their registration.”


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