Higher Education Dept warns of bogus colleges

Higher Education Dept warns of bogus colleges

The Department of Higher Education has issued a warning to students and parents to be vigilant of bogus higher institutions around the country.

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This after matric results for the class of 2019 were released on Tuesday and Wednesday.


The Department of Basic Education announced on Tuesday that the 2019 national matric pass rate has risen to 81.3%.


It is a 3,9% improvement from 2018.


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Higher education's spokesperson, Ismail Mnisi says 'fly by night' colleges are not registered as institutions of learning with the correct education and training authorities.


"These institutions lure and mislead future students into believing that these colleges offer qualifications that are recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority," said Mnisi.


"These illegal colleges also offer compromised qualifications which are not recognised for employment purposes or for future studying."

The department is urging students who wish to enroll at private institutions to check the registration status through the department using the toll-free operation on 0800 872 222.

The province with the best matric results was the Free State with a pass rate of 88.4% - a 0.9% improvement from the previous year.


In second place is Gauteng with 87.2%, followed by the North West 86.8%, Western Cape with 82.3%, KwaZulu-Natal at 81.3%, Mpumalanga with 80.3%, Northern Cape at 76.5%, Eastern Cape at 76.5% and Limpopo with 73.2%.

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