The department of higher education has warned students to be wary of illegal private colleges operating in the country, particularly during this time of the year, Zululand Observer reports.
“New legislation require all private Sector Education and Training Authority [SETA] and Quality Council for Trades and Occupations [QCTO] accredited providers to now register with the department as private colleges.
“This process is still in its early stages and therefore many SETA- and QCTO-accredited providers are not as yet registered. Thus, students are urged to verify the accreditation and registration status of private colleges and private higher education institutions, their programmes and sites, with the department and the relevant SETAs and the QCTO,” the department said.
“Ascertain the legality of any programme offered before enrolling in order to avoid falling prey to illegal operations.”
Prospective students can access the private and public higher institutions registers on the department’s website www.dhet.gov.za/resources/Registers or call the DHET on 0800 87 2222.
Alternatively, contact the SETA and QCTO directly to enquire about the respective accredited providers.