It did look too good to be true, LOL! A few days ago Mzansi was left asking how the flashy businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize popularly known as MaMkhize managed to bag herself an honorary doctorate degree.
This is after Mamkhize came out to thank her parents and bragged how proud they should be as both their doctors are well settled. “Call me Dr President Mamkhize” she said as she adorned a red graduation gown. She went on to change her title on social media to reflect her new title.
However, to her disgrace it was discovered that the Good Shepherd College of Religion, Culture and Training is so illegitimate: In addition to not being registered, the institution doesn’t even have its own website or education domain and no authority to issue a PhD doctorate in philosophy, which MamKhize received.
“Kindly note that the Good Shepherd College of Religion and Training is not registered with the Department as a private higher education institution. We are currently investigating,” the DHET (Department of Higher Education And Training) said at the time.
Minister Blade Nzimande, without mentioning Shauwn Mkhize by name, urged students (and honorary degree recipients) to check the legitimacy of any program offered by universities before enrolling in order to avoid falling prey to unlawful operations, especially as the new academic year approaches.
Nzimande is said to concerned about the continuing and recently reported cases of bogus institutions awarding honorary doctorates to unsuspecting individuals, especially targeting local celebrities.
He also recommended the public to look up the Registers of Private Higher Institutions and Private Colleges on the Department of Higher Education and Training’s website, www.dhet.gov.za.
“I have already requested the Council of Higher Education (CHE) to investigate and
advise on appropriate action on all the reported cases of the awarding of these
bogus honorary degrees,” Minister Nzimande said.