College closed as Rustenburg clamps down on unregistered tertiary institutions

College closed as Rustenburg clamps down on unregistered tertiary institutions

Rustenburg mayor Mpho Khunou (green shirt) with an official from Rustenburg public safety. The team closed down Roseville College in Rustenburg after it was found that the college was not registered. Photo by African News Agency (ANA)

Rustenburg mayor Mpho Khunou has appealed to the community to provide information on unregistered colleges.

Khunou, together with the department of higher education and the South African Police Service, led a clampdown on unregistered colleges in the area on Monday.

They visited more than 10 colleges, with one – Roseville College – being closed down. Roseville was allegedly not registered with the department of education and was not accredited with Umalusi or the Sector Education Training Authority.

“We did investigations and found that many of these colleges are not legal. Today we are on a mission to close them down. Some of these schools are being used to sell drugs. We are pleading with the community to work together with us to ensure our children receive quality education,” said Khunou.

The department of higher education and training’s Shaheeda Essacks urged learners to be “very vigilant” when applying for tertiary education.

Regarding refunds, Essacks said: “It is for the students now to engage an attorney or approach a small claims court because that is the legal route. If they have paid in the region of plus-minus R15,000 they can go to the small claims court and claim for a refund. If it’s above R15,000 they will have to go to Legal Aid South Africa.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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