8 January 2012
The South African Students Congress (SASCO) is concerned about bogus colleges which continue to take advantage of desperate and vulnerable students yearning to pursue their studies. The increase in the number of bogus colleges in South Africa is a direct result of the inadequate post schooling system which excludes hundreds of thousands of students every year. This problem is compounded by the solid unholy alliance between the Department of Higher Education and Training (DhET) and universities in their intransigent resolve to cap enrolments and criminalise walk-ins. Students end up registering with these bogus private providers who are unregistered or offer unaccredited courses.
We call upon prospective students to be very vigilant in choosing institutions of higher learning to pursue their studies. Students can contact the DhET (012 312 5320) to confirm the credibility of suspect colleges or courses they intend to enrol in. There are many thugs waiting to make money by registering our students in none-existent colleges or unaccredited courses. Students must also be wary of a seemingly organised individual/s pretending to be from SASCO who, in 2012, fraudulently took money from desperate students in a false exchange for academic admission/financial aid. Students must individually pay relevant fees directly to the institutions and should not compensate anyone who assists them in the name of SASCO.
Ngoako Selamolela, SASCO President, 071 875 2224
Themba Masondo, SASCO Secretary General, 079 199 3421