School leavers warned of fly-by-night colleges

todayJanuary 23, 2024 44

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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) is urging matriculants, who will be looking to their studies in 2024, to be vigilant of bogus nursing colleges.

Last week, the Basic Education Department announced that 82.9% of the grade 12 class of 2023 had passed their national senior certificate exams, showing a 2.8 percentage point increase in the pass rate.

Denosa says students, who will be looking for institutions of higher learning to attend, need to be careful to not fall prey to the scams.

The union says fly-by-night schools tend to mushroom during this time of the year, taking advantage of the high desperation levels by the many school leavers.

Denosa Spokesperson, Sibongiseni Delihlazo, says those who look to pursue nursing studies are particularly vulnerable to these bogus colleges, where they will be asked to pay fees to secure and register for the offered courses.

Delihlazo warns that many public nursing colleges are likely to have closed applications for the 2024 academic year in 2023 already.

He is advising aspiring students to check whether the colleges they apply to are registered and accredited by the South African Nursing Council (SANC), which is the country’s regulatory body for nursing.

Aspiring students have also been urged to visit the SANC website ( to check if the institution they wish to study at appears on website, where there is a list of all accredited public and private nursing schools, colleges and universities.

The union has also encouraged young people to consider nursing as a career of choice, as there are many opportunities in the health sector.

Forensic investigator, Calvin Rafadi, says fake institutions, often operating online or disguised as legitimate colleges, lure victims with the promise of quick and easy qualifications.

They may offer unaccredited degrees, inflated job prospects and minimal effort pathways to success.

Education activist, Hendrick Makaneta, says it is government’s responsibility to get rid of the fake colleges and to ensure that all courses offered at any institution of learning is accredited.


Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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