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DHET Warning Notice

Wednesday, 08 July 2015  
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A register of private higher education institutions is published in accordance with section 54(2)(a)(i) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997). In terms of section 56(1) (a), any member of the public has the right to inspect the register.

The Register provides the public with information on the registration status of private higher education institutions. Section 54(2)(a)(i) of the Act requires that the Registrar of Private Higher Education Institutions (hereafter referred to as the Registrar) enters the name of the institution in the Register, once an institution is registered. Section 56(1)(b) grants the public the right to view the auditor’s report as issued to the Registrar in terms of section 57(2)(b) of the Act. Copies of registration certificates must be kept as part of the Register, in accordance with Regulation 20.


Warning of "Bogus" Colleges


The Department is aware of several colleges and institutions purporting to offer higher education programmes without registration by the Department. These “bogus” colleges use a range of methods to mislead the public. The recent trends identified by the Department are the number of on-line operators committing internet fraud by purporting to offer degrees in 15 days using the name and logo of the DHET. In an attempt to warn the public, the Department has published a list of “bogus” colleges as a means to raise awareness and warn the public about unscrupulous providers and their modus operandi.


Click HERE to download the latest list of the DHET registered Private Higher Education Institutions and "Bogus" Colleges.


The following must be noted related to Higher Education Qulifications:


a. A “Diploma” is pitched on Level 6 of the NQF and it carries either 360 or 480 credits.

b. A  Bachelor's “Degree” is pitched on Level 7 of the NQF carries 360 credits.

c. A Honours “Degree” pitched on Level 8 of the NQF carries 480 credits.

d. A Master's "Degree" is pitched on Level 9 of the NQF.

e. A Doctoral 'Degree" is pitched on Level 10 of the NQF.

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