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employment thumb100 ANA reports that a background screening company on Monday urged high school graduates who fail to get places to study at tertiary institutions against faking their certificates to give themselves an edge in the tight job market.  

Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) said last week’s results showed that only 144,167 students passed well enough to enroll for a bachelor’s degree, out of 651,707 students who wrote their final exams in 2017.  CEO Ina van der Merwe commented:  “While some students may be tempted to ‘embellish’ their matric results in a misguided attempt to give themselves a competitive edge and advance their chances in the job market, doing so actually poses more risks to themselves, their credibility and potential future employability.”  She added that committing qualification fraud could be more damaging to a candidate’s future employability than not having a matric certificate at all.  Data from the company’s vetting services conducted in the first ten months of 2017 revealed that demand for qualification or educational background checks were the second most frequently requested by employers, after those for criminal records.  The research also showed there had been an increase in the number of matric certificates being misrepresented by job applicants.

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