The introduction of proposed new laws in South Africa could see qualification fraud be made into a punishable offence.
The National Qualifications Amendment Bill, waiting to be signed off by President Cyril Ramaphosa, aims to create grounds for punishment for individuals who fabricate their qualifications, and possible jail time of up to 5 years. The bill will also hold institutions accountable if found to be misrepresenting qualifications or issuing unregistered qualifications.
Organisations are welcoming the introduction of the bill as this proposed policy is immeasurable as the standardisation of CV verification will ensure accuracy and no room for deviation, in both the public and private sectors. Verified qualifications will be treated with respect and South African Universities will retain their position in the global rankings.
Qualification fraud is the most prevalent type of misrepresentation on CV’s such as:
- Non-existent matriculation certificates
- Inflated education
- Unfinished degrees
- Fake degree certificates
Background screening assists employers with confronting fake employment certificates, incorrect past roles and responsibilities, inflated job titles, undisclosed criminal records and inflated salaries, although many of them are not aware of these transgressions.
Screening is a highly useful pre-employment step every organisation should employ in its recruitment plan and technology is widely available to assist with the background screening of new/potential employees which companies should make use.