Matrics warned against bogus education institutions

With exams wrapping up, pupils have been warned to be extra vigilant when applying for any programmes.

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JOHANNESBURG - With matric exams wrapping up, pupils have been warned to be extra vigilant if applying for internships or other study programmes.

The manufacturing and engineering sector education and training authority (Seta) says bogus adverts are doing the rounds online, calling on applicants to pay between R150 and R350.

In return, the adverts promise internships that pay as much as R8,000 a month.

The Seta's Raymond Patel says the fake adverts even make use of its logo and that of the higher education department.

"Be vigilant. Do not follow anything that asks you to deposit funds for a qualification. Go to the department or to the Setas and look at their official websites. All these institutions have offices throughout the country, so be vigilant the whole time."