The South African Council of Educators warned they would take decisive action against individuals using fake qualifications to teach in South African schools, recently.
SACE chief operations officer, Tsedi Dipholo, said that any teacher currently in the schools, that is teaching or knowing that they have fraudulent qualifications – run.
They are starting now with the independent and private schools, where they are verifying qualifications with the teachers.
This comes after recent allegations made by a concerned parent regarding the qualifications of the principal and a number of teachers at an independent primary school in Longcroft, Phoenix.
The concerned parent, who has a daughter attending the school, claims that the principal as well as most teachers at the school are not qualified and that the school itself is not a registered educational institution.
“I am employed at a private school in so I am fully aware of the necessary requirements needed for any school to operate. The principal has no qualifications and was for most of her career worked as a bank teller and has never had any formal teaching education or been in a school environment prior to this. I, myself on two occasions inquired as a prospective parent about the school on the first instance I spoke to a teacher who had just qualified in March and mentioned that she is the only qualified teacher there. As well as that she herself being qualified was not SACE registered either. When asked if the school was Department of Education registered, she responded no. She also mentioned that the curriculum that was used was the ACE and that they are registered with the organisation,” said the parent.
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Communication with ACE yielded a response by the organisation in which they released a list of schools registered with them.
The school in question was not among them. The ACE mandate also includes that schools must be registered with the Department of Education.
The concerned parent also alleges that the grade two eacher at the school has no education beyond matric despite the law requiring qualifications and being registered with the South African Council of Educators.
The principal and the school have refused to comment on the allegations.
SACE chief executive, Rej Brijraj, said that all new applications for teachers to be registered with SACE, which is compulsory, for the past 18 months are vetted and qualifications verified in office.
The council is now working together with universities, education departments and the South African Qualifications Authority to ensure that all qualifications of all teachers are authentic.
He added that the council warns teachers who are teaching with fraudulent qualifications to leave the profession immediately.
The council will de-register such teachers and report them to the relevant authorities. Teaching with fraudulent qualifications is a criminal offence.