16 January 2013
The IFP calls on for urgent action against
bogus colleges which are ruthlessly exploiting the poorest of
IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred
Mpontshane MP, said "Our learners must be advised by the
Department of Education during grades 11 and 12 through
specially designed guidance programmes as to how to correctly
identify and apply to legitimate institutes of higher learning.
The problem of bogus colleges must be tackled through a two
pronged approach, firstly by educating students and their
parents as to how to identify such 'bogus'
colleges, and secondly, by the Department of
Education and associated law enforcement agencies through legal
IFP believes that our rural communities are the most vulnerable
to bogus colleges and therefore urges the department of education
to establish immediate outreach programmes to these areas
advising students and parents of students to be aware of such
unscrupulous institutes. Learners should always verify the
institute they are applying to with the Department of Education
before paying any fees," said Mpontshane.
The IFP would like to urge all affected
parties, the South African Qualifications Authority, Umalusi,
teachers unions, universities, Provincial Department's of
Education, police and
parents organisations to work together with the Department of
Higher Education in fighting the scourge of bogus colleges.
Furthermore, the IFP would like to commend the
Hawks for a job well done on the arrest of the individuals
running a bogus college in Limpopo which has been operating
illegally for the last 12 years. We trust that these individuals
will feel the full might of our judiciary should they be found
guilty of running such an operation.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Education, Hon
Alfred Mpontshane, 083 441 6201
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675