Institutions running unaccredited courses must face the law – Eduwatch Africa

Kofi Asare

Africa Education Watch has called for court actions to be instituted against educational institutions that run courses and programmes that have not been accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) or Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC).

The Executive Director of Eduwatch Africa, Mr. Kofi Asare told 3FM Sunrise Morning Show that taking such legal actions against culprit institutions would serve as a deterrent.

He noted that prior to the establishment of the National Accreditation Board which is now called the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), the traditional universities like University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the University of Ghana existed hence they were adamant in submitting their programs for accreditation.

“What I think should be done is that GTEC should begin to sue the institutions. I want to see a more vibrant GTEC going to court and suing the institutions” he stressed

According to him there is a legislation that enjoins academic institutions to submit the courses they intend to run for accreditation.

“We have a situation at hand that has been legislated but we are still having the sphere of some institutions not helping us to reform the system” Mr. Asare alleged.

He also expressed his excitement that the auditor general is now taking interest in the programmatic systems of the tertiary institutions in addition to their finances.

Kofi Asare explained that running unaccredited courses has dire consequences on the students and graduates of the universities who want to further their education in foreign institutions.

“You actually put the academic lives of students into jeopardy because there are people who go to those schools, finish, get scholarships into foreign institutions for them to write to NAB to find out that the program or course the prospective student studied was not accredited” he stated

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According to the Auditor-General’s Report for 2021, only 61 out of 360 programs offered by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are accredited. This shocking revelation has raised concerns among various stakeholders.

By Samuel Afriyie Owusu||Ghana