CUE Takes On Professional Bodies Over Course Accreditation

Mwenda Ntarangwi
CUE CEO Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

The Commission for University Education (CUE) has warned Professional bodies purporting to accredit/approve academic programmes in universities against the practice.

This process continue despite a High Court ruling on June11 , 2020, which upheld the provisions of section 5A that grants the Commission the sole mandate of regulating and accrediting universities and if there is any conflict with the professional bodies, the provisions of the Universities Act prevails.

On a sad note, however, and despite the Court judgment, some professional bodies continue to engage universities with little regard, if any, to the Commission. This is not only contemptuous, but disregard to the sub-sector regulator

said CUE CEO Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi.

Prof Ntarangwi says that the Commission has been working with some professional bodies, with a view of forging a common approach to accreditation and licensing of university education (including accreditation/approval of academic programmes) in universities.

This was informed by the realization by the Commission and the respective professional bodies that there is need to work together towards achieving their respective statutory requirements on training and accreditation of academic programmes in universities leading to registration by the respective professional bodies without necessarily causing unnecessary economic burden to our key stakeholders.

added Prof Ntarangwi.

Any university engaging anybody as far as the accreditation, licensing and recognition of university education not within an agreed framework with the Commission, the Commission will decline to accredit/approve such programme if the same is yet to be accredited/approved.

For those programmes accredited/approved by the Commission and universities continue to engage anybody without due consideration of the Commission, the Commission will hence forth treat the accreditation/approval withdrawn.

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