The Department of Higher Education and Training has proposed naming and shaming fraudsters who claim fake qualifications in an online public register administered by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa), in the hope that 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, which works closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to pursue cases of alleged fraud, the department’s Shirley Lloyd told members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education, on Wednesday. The depart...

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