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In the Run|up to the 2024 Academic Year Beware of Bogus Colleges

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In the Run|up to the 2024 Academic Year Beware of Bogus Colleges

In the Run|up to the 2024 Academic Year Beware of Bogus Colleges. As matric results are released, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) warns students about fraudulent colleges. Not all higher learning institutions are legitimate, urging caution during the upcoming academic year.

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Risks of Fraudulent Bogus Colleges

Students registering with fake colleges risk obtaining unrecognized credentials. The DHET emphasizes due diligence, cautioning against unregistered institutions. Some illegitimate colleges have been shut down, but challenges persist, especially in online provision and falsely posing as nursing and medical colleges.

Verification Process Bogus collage

Director of Registrations, Dr. Shaheeda Essack, advises students to consult the department’s online registers to verify an institution’s legitimacy. Lack of professionalism in infrastructure is a red flag. Students are encouraged to contact the department’s toll-free number if they encounter difficulties accessing websites.

Additional Precautions Bogus

Essack suggests contacting past students and alumni for insights into an institution’s credibility. Victims of bogus institutions are urged to report to the department and file cases with the police. Refunds may be pursued through the small claims court for fees around R20,000. Organizations like the South African Nursing Council and SAQA assist in verifying credentials.

Conclusion

With the academic year approaching, matric graduates must exercise caution when choosing higher learning institutions. Verifying legitimacy through proper channels and reporting fraudulent activities are essential steps in safeguarding education and qualifications.

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Late Applications For WCED School Admissions Are Now Open

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Late Applications For WCED School Admissions Are Now Open

Late Applications For WCED School Admissions Are Now Open. Thousands of parents have already submitted admission applications for Western Cape schools for the 2025 academic year. However, many learners are still in need of placements.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has received a record number of applications for Grade 1 and 8 learners for the 2025 academic year. Despite the official application period closing on Friday, 12 April 2024, parents who missed the deadline can still submit a late application.

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Late Applications Information

  • Late Application Period: Open now and will close on 12 May 2024.
  • Late Applications Processing: Late applications will only be processed after on-time applications.
  • Assistance: Parents requiring 2025 placement for their children after the completion of the late application period are encouraged to contact district education offices for assistance.

Other Grades and Application Process

For Grade R admissions and transfer requests for Grades 2-7 and 9-11, the application window will be open from August 1, 2024, to August 16, 2024. The WCED provides a straightforward online application process:

WCED Application Process

Registration (if a new user)

  • Visit the WCED online admissions website.
  • Click on “Parent Register”.
  • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Complete the registration form and verify via SMS.

Applying For Admission

  • Login with your ID number and password.
  • Create a Parent/Guardian Profile.
  • Complete the Learner Application (Grades 1 & 8 Only), providing accurate contact information and learner details.
  • Select Schools, rank them in order of preference, and upload required documents.
  • Submit the application and track the status using the learner’s CEMIS number.

The WCED emphasizes the importance of applying early to avoid last-minute complications. Parents who relocate to the Western Cape after the late application window closes or those who missed the deadline for any reason should contact their district office promptly for assistance. For further information, visit the WCED online admissions website.

Contact Information

  • For Assistance: Parents who relocate to the Western Cape after the late application window closes or those who did not apply earlier for any reason must contact their district office as soon as possible for assistance.

Conclusion

The WCED encourages parents to apply early to avoid any last-minute complications. For more information and to apply, visit the WCED online admissions website. Ensure all required documents are submitted for a smooth application process.

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