Former ECD qualification students at the University of Venda are alleging that their Grade R Foundation Phase certificates may be part of a scam, Capricorn FM News reports.

This reportedly comes after the South African Council for Educators said it cannot grant the students qualifications after they completed the course.

A student also told Capricorn FM News that she and her classmates completed a one-year course, including practicals. They were even assessed at different schools but were left surprised when they were told that their course qualifies them for working at ECD centres and not with Grade R learners.

University of Venda ECD qualifications questioned
The newly built Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Venda

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The student says they completed the course through the UNIVEN Innovative Growth Company or UIGC. It got a tender to issue the course. Each student paid R18 500 but later discovered they were not even supposed to pay because the course was funded.


Univen spokesperson Dr Takalani Dzaga told the commercial radio station that there was a misunderstanding between differentiating between the previous qualification that the university used to offer, called the Early Childhood Education or ECE, and the ECD course offered by the UIGC.