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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 14:17

Educor's City Varsity, Damelin, Lyceum and ICESA qaulifications remain valid |DHET.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Department of Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande says that qualifications from the four Educor-owned colleges that were deregistered are still valid.

Damelin, City Varsity, Icesa City Campus and Lyceum College were deregistered last month after failing to fulfil the requirements for registration.

Various allegations have also been made against them, including complaints about the quality of education they are providing and the non-payment of staff.

Nzimande said, the qualifications issued by the institutions remain valid.

"In making this decision, the Department gave careful consideration to the potential impact on students. Consistent with this, as the regulator, the Department wishes to assure both the students, alternative academic institutions, and current and potential employers that the qualifications issued or obtained during the period of registration and during the phase-out period remain valid and recognised. 

"This assurance was also communicated by the South African Qualifications Authority."

He said the department is currently handling queries from students, many of whom have expressed their frustration with the lack of communication and unresponsiveness of the four Educor colleges.

"The department wishes to restate that the decision to cancel the registration City Varsity , Damelin , Icesa City Campus and Lyceum College still stands. The department also wishes to issue a stern warning to existing private higher education institutions that the Department will not hesitate to cancel the registration of any institution that wilfully violates the conditions of their registration."

Nzimande added, the directorate dealing with private education had received complaints about Educor for years, about the poor quality of teaching and learning; lack of proper administrative support; poorly qualified staff; corruption and bribery; a lack of response to requests for refunds; lack of professionalism; exploitation of poor students and nonpayment and underpayment of staff salaries.

The four colleges are also required to ensure that they conclude the remaining examinations or assessments for the rest of the current academic year.

Meanwhile, Educor employees say they are still waiting for a management briefing in light of the deregistration. Some remain upbeat about the colleges' prospects.