KUALA LUMPUR: Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia assessment leavers and SIJIL Pelajaran Malaysia are being targeted by scammers expecting to rake in gain from their pursuit of higher education. Hiding behind valid education associations, youths are being lured by these scammers into paying for unaccredited education programmes, which, upon conclusion, wouldn’t be recognised by companies and other higher learning institutions. “From a year ago for this month (June this year), we’ve received more than 130 reports on breaches affecting 114 higher education learning associations,” he said. They went to supplying their own education programmes from recruiting. Unrecognised ones, obviously,” he said. Under Section 92 of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007, upon getting reasonable cause to believe that the investigation would be negatively affected by a delay in getting a search warrant on “the assumptions of any higher education supplier” an authorised MQA policeman is permitted to execute hunt. Nevertheless, this will not discourage the scammers from exercising power to protect their interests. Sometimes, these scammers stoped enforcement officers from entering their premises. An MQA official, who wanted to stay anonymous, shared how competitive these scammers could be. “Lately, the staff of an instruction institute we were inquiring locked in the building us,” she said. Several of those bogus “schooling” suppliers don’t appear to care about the law, much less the agency tasked with applying it. They did that after we described to them and showed them our power cards the law that allows the investigation to be carried out by us,” she said. “Some even visited the extent of claiming to be us (the bureau), spreading bogus offer letters with our logo and watermark to people,” she said. Rujhan warned that youths’ future could be jeopardised by the boost in higher education scams. “Registering in programmes which are not accredited by MQA could change academic interest and a pupil’s profession. As no instruction bodies recognise their certifications “Not only would they not have the ability to apply for government occupations and education loans, they might also not have the ability to further their schooling. This gives rise to other issues like bogus certifications. “Pupils distressed for a job would go for options only to satisfy with the education requirements needed to pass the interview he said. Despite this, the amount of instruction scams is increasing. There exists really, a deep need for stricter enforcement,” Rujhan said.