The new act aims to thwart illegal tertiary institutions that issue fake certificates, while also preventing people from misrepresenting their qualifications and also job-seekers and students who claim to have qualifications they don’t have or submit fraudulent qualifications. These people could face up to five years in prison.
Rapuleng said the act will highlight a list of institutions that have issued fake certificates or qualifications, making it easier for employers to identify which institutions to avoid.
“For example, I might have gone to that fake institution. They gave me a fake qualification - that is going to be flagged. But then there are also individuals that will lie about their qualification. They are claiming to have a qualification that they don’t have at all,” said Rapuleng.
He said South Africans lying on their CVs about their qualifications is quite common in both the public sector and private sector.