National Council for Higher Education warns students against applying for unaccredited courses

The executive director of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), has warned students against being duped into applying for courses which are not accredited by the Government.

Prof. Mary Okwakol, stated that quite often, universities advertise and enroll students onto programmes that are not accredited thus falling victims later on.

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“A number of times, students just enroll in programmes which are advertised by institutions, without caring to know if they are accredited on not. Students, do not fall into that trap,” she stated while speaking to the media.

The NCHE is the body charged by law to accredit all courses which are taught ion all universities in the country. It is on this basis, that the NCHE requires universities, to revise their programmes’ content. This is condition set for both private and public universities. 

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) was established as the regulator of higher education to implement the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of Parliament (UOTIA, 2001). By the provisions of the Act, NCHE is mandated to guide the establishment of institutions of higher learning as well as ensure delivery of quality and relevant education to all qualified persons.

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NCHE has strived to achieve it’s mandate to ensure that relevant and sustainable quality higher education is provided at all Higher Educational Institutions in Uganda. Through strategic intervention areas NCHE is strategically positioned as it pursues its mandate through mandatory functions.

Additional reporting by the New Vision

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