message to students is to verify if the private
college, the programme they offer and the site or branch at which the programme
is offered, is accredited with the Quality Council (QCs) and/or
the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and/or the Quality
Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
can verify this as follows:
for the certificate of registration from the DHET on the premises of the
information on the certificate can be verified with the information on the
Registers which are available on the Department’s website at www.dhet.gov.za,
then click on Resources on the right hand side and then scroll down to
Registers on the left hand side;
SETA accredited qualifications, contact the relevant SETA directly; and
QCTO qualifications, contact the QCTO directly at 012 003 1800.
see attached leaflet for contact details.
also need to be wary of the following:
long is the institution established?
does the infra-structure look?
professional are the staff in terms of engaging with students, responding to
queries, maintaining records and the administrative and financial systems?
the lecturers qualified to lecture?
they make exaggerated claims and promises on jobs and salaries?
many of the programmes they offer are accredited?
the fees too high or too low?
at how other graduates are performing in the labour market;
to other students and graduates;
the HELLO Peter website; and
any wrongdoing to the Regulator and warn other students as well.
you have a query, do not hesitate to contact the Department of Higher Education
and Training’s Register of Private Higher Education Institutions.
012 312 5444
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