Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, said that as at the end of January 2017, a total of 1 276 qualifications, including 444 national and 832 foreign qualifications, were recorded on SAQA’s list of misrepresented qualifications.
“Seventy-eight affidavits have been completed for handover to the Hawks for prosecution,” Minister Radebe said during a post Cabinet media briefing held in Pretoria on Thursday.
The Minister said that government is securing the credibility of qualifications and higher education system.
He said the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, on action to be taken against holders of fake qualifications, including prosecuting and publicly naming and shaming them, will contribute to ending the growing prevalence of qualification forgeries.
NSFAS collections increased
Giving an update on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), Minister Radebe said that since the implementation of the NSFAS recoveries strategy, collections per month have increased as a result of the various initiatives.
“To date, R268.4 million has been collected against the annual target of R285 million. The revised Funding Framework for universities has been finalised and will be consulted with the university sector before being published,” said Minister Radebe.
Placement of Funza Lushaka graduates
The Minister also reported that by the end of November 2016, 89% (4 107 of 4 612) Funza Lushaka graduates eligible for placement in 2016 had been placed in schools, a 2% improvement from the previous quarter and 4% above the annual target.
A total of 14 077 artisans have also been certified by the National Artisan Moderation Body.
Meanwhile, the South African Council for Educators has been able to increase the number of educators signed up for participation in the Continuing Professional Teacher Development Management System to a total of 6 572 educators.