The problem of fraudulent degrees is on the rise in South Africa. Late last year the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) reported more than 982 cases of fraudulent qualifications.
While this is a growing problem, government is trying to do their part by bringing those who are producing and are in possession of these fake degrees to law.
With so many different tertiary institutions operating in South Africa, some are unregistered but still promise young students legitimate qualifications, how does one determine whether their degree is recognised by the industry.
Luckily there are many institutions that offer qualification verification services for the public. This includes checking a matric certificate, university or college qualification, but the process is not straightforward.
Who offers verification services?
- You will need to identify one of the companies that offer qualification checks and stick with them, as all services are costly and time-consuming.
- You also need to register yourself on the company’s website, which means you need to have all your details and correct information on hand when registering.
- There is a consent form that you need download and sign, to let the company know that you have given them permission to verify your qualification.
- You will need to have a certified copy of your qualification, as well as a copy of your identity document.
- The process takes anywhere between 48 hours to four weeks depending on the qualification you wish to verify and organisation you go through.
- It’s important to note that the companies do charge for verifying your qualification, and the amount depends on the degree, the year and whether it’s from a private or public institution.