It’s back to books and a lot of university students are getting ready to tackle the 2018 academic year, however, there are some of the students who are still in search for space at various institutions.
With that comes a lot of confusion since there a number of institutions who are NOT accredited and are taking advantage of the students who are desperate for education.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has been hard at work nationwide enforcing compliance with the relevant legislation in the private college sector.
All private higher education institutions are governed by the Higher Education Act, 1997 and the Continuing Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that institutions operate within the law, have the necessary resources, capacity and expertise to offer acceptable standards of higher education qualifications that are aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
As a new legislative requirement all private Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) accredited providers are now required to register with the Department as private colleges.
Students are therefore urged to verify the accreditation and registration status of private colleges and private higher education institutions, their programmes and sites, with the Department, the relevant SETAs, and the QCTO.
To check or verify if your Institutions is registered:
- Call the DHET at 0800 87 22 22
- Or go to the Department’s website – http://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/DocRegisters.aspx