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Don’t Lie on Your CV or Job Application…

Don’t Lie on Your CV or Job Application…


Last Thursday, President Ramaphosa has signed into law legislation criminalising the submission of fraudulent qualifications or misrepresented educational credentials. The new law was published in the Government Gazette on Monday.

Prospective job seekers and prospective students who submit fraudulent qualifications or misrepresent them will now face up to five years in prison in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Act 2019. In terms of this legislation, transgressors may receive Five-year sentences, unspecified fines and/or both, if found guilty of making false entries in the national learners’ records database or are party to the falsification, dissemination or publication of a qualification or part-qualification of any person. Owners of bogus education institutions will also face jail time for awarding fraudulent qualifications.


”A person, an education institution or skills development provider is guilty of an offence if a person, the education institution or skills development provider claims to be offering a qualification or part-qualification registered on the NQF whereas that qualification or part-qualification is not so registered,” reads the statute.

The Act will also provide for the creation of a register of misrepresented or fraudulent qualifications or part-qualifications, which is expected to be published periodically and act as a deterrent.


In future, all Government institutions, employers, education institutions, skills development providers and quality councils will be required to authenticate, before appointment or registration, all qualifications or part-qualifications presented to them for hiring or study.

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