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Blade Nzimande slams Educor for compliance failures

The minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande addressed the South Africans on the deregistration of the four Educor colleges.

Nzimande clears the air about deregistered Educor colleges

Over the past few days the department of higher education has been receiving queries on the deregistered Educor institution that have left many students in panic.

In a media statement Nzimande confirmed that the director general Nkosinathi Sishi in his capacity as the Registrar of Private Higher Education Institutions cancelled the registration of four Educor institutions which are Damelin (Pty) Ltd,City Varsity (Pty) Ltd,Icesa City Campus (Pty) Ltd and Icesa City Campus (Pty) Ltd.

These four institutions failed to comply to submit their annual financial statements and tax clearance certificate for the year 2021 and 2022.

The four institutions were meant to ammend this by September 2023 as stated by Nzimande, but requested and extension to lodge their appeal by 28 February 2024, but the department has not heard anything since.

In the address Nzimande stated that it was brought to the departments attention that the Educor institution has claimed they have enrolled over 50 000 students since 2022, that has been found to be incorrect as the amount of students enrolled were 13 096.

Students have complained about these Educor institutions with most of these complaints left unresolved such as:

·Poor quality of teaching and learning;
·Lack of proper administrative support;
·Poorly qualified staff;
·Corruption and bribery;
·Lack of response for requests for refunds;
·Lack of professionalism;
·Exploitation of poor students;
·Non-payment of staff salaries

Closed Educor campuses

The closure these institutions have been triggered by failure to pay the rent, staff salaries and/or the municipality.

City Varsity (Pty) Ltd

City Varsity at Braamfontein: Closed because staff withdrew their services for non-payment of salaries and students
were left stranded.

Damelin (Pty) Ltd

The sites at Braamfontein, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, East London closed suddenly since they were in arrears with the municipality and rental and students were left stranded.

Lyceum College (Pty) Ltd

The only site was closed due to an eviction order by the landlord for failure to pay the rent and students were left stranded.

Under-payment of staff salaries:

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