Fake qualifications undermine education

Johannesburg - Qualifications fraud poses a danger to the credibility of the country's education system, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday.

"Unless employers, institutions and citizens can feel confident that individuals have earned the qualifications that they purport to have, the entire system will lose legitimacy," Nzimande said in a statement.

"Even the qualifications of those who have obtained them legitimately will be treated with suspicion, and this is unfair to all those who have genuinely worked to acquire such qualifications."

Nzimande said the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has noted increasing fraudulent activity, not only with regard to qualifications, but even with regard to its own certificates evaluating foreign qualifications.

"Unscrupulous individuals were willing to pay for false qualifications, and have no shame in producing these to support their CVs when applying for jobs, even in our educational institutions."

He said SAQA was putting in place a variety of processes to strengthen the security of its certificates.

High-quality forgeries

SAQA was also developing internal capacity to identify fraudulent foreign qualifications more effectively, he said.

Fraudulent qualification documents range in quality from poor copies of legitimate qualifications to high-quality forgeries that are very difficult to differentiate from the original, he said.

On Monday, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said in a statement that party stalwart Pallo Jordan had resigned from Parliament and apologised to the ANC after reports that his qualifications were false.

Jordan had also offered to resign from the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC and from the ANC.

Nzimande said he was concerned at the casual manner with which some people treated the issue of forged or fake qualifications and CVs.

"I also plan to engage the criminal justice system on these matters so that there is an appreciation of their seriousness," he said.

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John Greystoke 2014/08/14 05:48:30 AM
It is too late, we are already seen as a country with 30 per-centers. Even employers question the ability of qualified people before they employ anybody. We have a very bad track record!
David Thomas 2014/08/14 05:51:47 AM
He has merely stated the obvious. If he had a spine, he would call for an audit of all Public Servants' qualifications. But perhaps that is a pipe dream. Pallo Jordan now is being placed on a pedestal as a moral champion for admitting he is a fraud, even though he's only done so after he tried to bribe a journalist. That is the true depth of the hole this ANC lot have put us in.
Heinrich Adams Adams 2014/08/14 06:04:36 AM
We will remain the laughing stock of the world! What a disgrace!
Heisernberg 2014/08/14 06:06:16 AM
I have a dream, that all the qualified, black or white will work harmoniously while the fraudsters go back and do ABET... Yawn. Ag, whatever man, even the "shower" head runs the highest office with a grade 2 report.
Stefan Ferreira 2014/08/14 06:17:07 AM
Everyone is making a big deal about Jordan but what about Motsoeneng?
Tw Malemone 2014/08/14 06:18:24 AM
Viva blade viva ndzimande.....fraud is fraud cant b treated in a casual manner
Modisane Edwin Motaung 2014/08/14 06:19:51 AM
ANC is the supplier of fraud qualification.
Zilindile Gagule 2014/08/14 06:21:47 AM
Waw Blade Nzimande speaks after his employer Jacob Zuma spoke about educational qualifications scam.But my question is a person who have been trained as a soldier under MkhontoWesizwe and Apla possible to be the minister of education,then what is the minimum qualification of education to be appointed to be a president.
Lwandile 2014/08/14 06:28:41 AM
You know Blade sometimes I question if your PHD is valid because 9/10 times you talk crap
Dirk Engelbrecht 2014/08/14 06:35:38 AM
Just look at the head of the SABC then.... Anyone without grade 12 or who just managed to pass it will start thinking they can run a state dept of maybe they can even start a political party... Hell out Nr1 only had grade 5 I think and he's suppose to run a country...