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saqaBusinessLive reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has proposed naming and shaming fraudsters who claim fake qualifications in an online public register administered by the SA Qualifications Authority (Saqa).  

It hopes this will deter others from following suit.  The measures are contained in the draft National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill, currently before Parliament.  It aims to tighten the noose on institutions that offer bogus qualifications and individuals who fake or misrepresent their accomplishments, and is a response to the problems currently confronting employers and education institutions.  The bill contains provisions that compel education institutions and employers to report fraudulent or misrepresented qualifications to Saqa.  The draft National Policy on the Misrepresentation of Qualifications also proposes setting up a public register of individuals and providers who had misrepresented or faked their qualifications.  Saqa had recorded a total of 1,276 fake qualifications (444 national and 832 foreign qualifications) at the beginning of 2017.

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