It's official: Lying on your CV about qualifications could mean jail time

Kieno Kammies speaks to Dr Shirley Lloyd, the former Higher Education Director of the National Qualifications Framework who helped work on the National Qualifications Amendment Bill.

The Bill could see people who lie on their CV's slapped with a five-year jail term.

The Bill seeks to assist us as citizens and the regulator and the government to deal with the emergence and growth of misrepresentation and fraudulent qualifications.

Dr Shirley Lloyd, Former Higher Education Director of the National Qualifications Framework

She says the NQF Act as it stands did not have enough strength within it to deal with these issues, hence the amendment bill.

The amendment bill now puts in place a number of actions and penalties for the different offences.

Dr Shirley Lloyd, Former Higher Education Director of the National Qualifications Framework

She says there were various offences being perpetrated.

People were just lying, claiming to have qualifications which they simply never had...and maybe people in society just took it as fact.

Dr Shirley Lloyd, Former Higher Education Director of the National Qualifications Framework

Others were using syndicates to help them to falsify the actual qualification document or certificate and presenting them.

Dr Shirley Lloyd, Former Higher Education Director of the National Qualifications Framework

Bogus qualifications from illegal unregistered fly-by-night institutions were being submitted on CVs for job applications as well, she says.

For each one of those, we have a way of dealing with them.

Dr Shirley Lloyd, Former Higher Education Director of the National Qualifications Framework

And the possibility of jail time?

The 5-year jail term or significant fine would occur if you were found guilty in a court of law for committing fraud - saying you have a qualification when you don't.

Dr Shirley Lloyd, Former Higher Education Director of the National Qualifications Framework

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