The Star reports that according to Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor, there has been an increase of fraudulent qualifications reported to regulatory bodies over the past five years.
Responding to a parliamentary question about the role of the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in safeguarding the integrity of the National Qualifications Framework, Pandor indicated that a marked upward trend in the number of misrepresented qualifications had been detected.
Pandor said that in 2010/11 there had been 47 reported fraudulent qualifications, 37 in 2011/12, 76 the following year and 62 in 2013/14. The number grew to 106 in 2014/15, only to drop to 92 in 2015/16, then 24 in 2016/17, 982 in 2017/18 and 385 since April 2018.
Despite the relatively high number of fraudulent qualifications detected in 2017/18, it was still less than 1% of the qualifications that were verified by SAQA and the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations.
Pandor also revealed that the total number of fraudulent foreign qualifications and forged SAQA certificates of evaluation had been 2 263 over the past five years.
Asked whether the government had taken the necessary steps to verify qualifications before appointing public servants, Pandor said all provincial and national departments were required to verify the qualifications with SAQA.