IOL News reports that the government intends to crack down on officials with fake qualifications after the National Assembly (NA) passed a bill that will force the state to root out people with such dubious credentials.
The NA agreed in the bill that those found with bogus qualifications would be named and shamed. Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor welcomed the decision to approve the National Qualifications Framework Bill last week. It will now be referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for concurrence.
MPs from across the political divide said this was a step in the right direction as there would be a central database to register persons with qualifications.
South Africa has recently seen a number of high profile persons caught up in qualification scandals. Pandor told Parliament that the bill would be a serious blow to those with fake qualifications. She said the database would be used to register those with qualifications from accredited institutions.
The bill was tabled a few months ago after the government raised concerns about the rising number of people with fake qualifications. The NCOP will now work on the bill before it is referred to President Cyril Ramaphosa to be signed into law.