Fake qualifications more prevalent
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Fake qualifications more prevalent

2013-10-10 19:13

Cape Town - It is common for job applicants to lie about their qualifications and the problem is far more prevalent than most employees realise, said Sandile July, a director at Werksmans Attorneys and an expert in labour and employment law.
 
“It is vital that employers – both in the private sector and in government – should verify all information on every candidate’s CV," said July.

"Providing false and misleading information on CVs or during interviews is much more widespread than most people realise.”

He noted that while it was outright fraud to tender bogus qualifications and that employers were fully entitled to lay charges against the perpetrators with the police, this did not mean that fraudsters could be dismissed outright.

There is a process that has to be followed which includes a disciplinary hearing.

If an employee lied about his criminal record an employer might be required to prove that this deception made it impossible for an employee to perform his job adequately.
 
"For instance, a criminal record relating to something as minor as a speeding offence would not impact on the ability of an accountant to do his or her job," said July.

He said that in the case of a police officer, however, it would be an entirely different matter.

"That's because they are in a position of trust. Any criminal record could be problematic,” July said.
 
Commenting on the approximately 1 500 Saps members who had been found to have a variety of criminal records, he said it should be standard practice for all government departments to verify all information supplied by job applicants and not simply take their word that the information they supplied on their application forms was accurate.

“In most cases, all an employer does is to call the former employer to verify that the candidate had indeed been employed where he claimed he was,” said July.

A KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson recently resigned amid allegations that he had a fake matric certificate.

He has denied his qualification is invalid, and said it would have been impossible for him to serve in the police for 27 years with an invalid certificate.

 - Fin24



Comments
  • Duncan Morsi - 2013-10-10 19:54

    It worries me a lot because government is very strict when it comes to screen check,but we all know in south africa bribery is number one starting from the top.

  • Hugo Venter - 2013-10-10 19:57

    Well, with the drop in school standards, the low pass rate despite the drop in standards and the low number of kids graduating from university, I expected as much in the light of the number of "qualified" AA appointees in our ANC-run country.

  • merickm - 2013-10-11 00:04

    Fortunately you Don't need to trust an accountant b

  • Charles Makgale Radingoane - 2013-10-11 06:35

    It is very sad to most graduate seating at home while criminals getting jobs.

  • Thee Custodian - 2013-10-14 13:45

    This is also happening in the private sector with individuals running their own business who want to represent themselves as highly qualified - see http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Exposing-dubious-qualifications-2-Yes-I-did-20130502

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