The use of credentials verification technology and services is beginning to gain prominence in the education field as the need to recruit the services of qualified teachers with proven track records and complete references grows.
Ina van der Merwe, CEO at Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), a subsidiary of the Ideco Group and an established credentials verification provider in South Africa, says decision makes are focused on a number of key aspects to improve recruitment in education.
These aspects include ID verification, qualification verifications, criminal record checks and reference checks.
“It makes sense that those tasked with the recruitment of educators want to use verification systems to ensure that would-be employees are exactly who they say they are.” says Van der Merwe.
“Institutions established to teach communities can ill-afford to fall victim to any form of fraud or manipulation of information.”
Van der Merwe says it is the qualifications verification process that is of particular importance. “For obvious reasons you do not want to put an unqualified teacher into a classroom full of children.”
But the rights of the individual also have to be respected, she says. “It is absolutely essential that the rights of people are taken into consideration and complied with in terms of credentials verification.”