Malawi deregisters African University that awarded Minister Kaliati doctorate degree: 5 colleges not accredited

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has deregistered Africa University of Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development (AUGCYD) which recently awarded a doctorate degree to Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Services , Patricia Kaliati.

NCHE is mandated to assess and accredit institutions of higher learning to promote continuous improvement and enhancement of the quality of higher education in the country.

Minister of Information, Communication and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati addressing the graduates during MIJ graduation ceremony in Blantyre on friday - Pic Mayamiko Wallace - MANA

Kaliati received an honourary degree from AUGCYD which has been deregistered

The Africa University failed to satisfy NCHE conditions and has not been accredide.

Others who have failed the NCHE test include  African Bible College, Blantyre International University, Exploits University, Skyway University and Malawi College of Accountacys degree programmes.

NCHE has since withdrawn the licence to AUGCYD over misrepresentation of facts and described the registration of the university as irregular.

“In view of the above, the council resolved to withdraw the registration of Africa University of Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development [AUGCYD]. Management of AUGCYD shall, if they so wish, re-apply for registration,” said a statement issued by NCHE.

NCHE made “critical observations”, including lack of clear separation between the university and the centre, creating a governance crisis in terms of transparency and accountability.

“The university is located in a structure that was not purposely built for this training as they are sharing library, classrooms, and administrative staff and ablution blocks with Guidance and Counselling Centre,” reads the assessment report.

Apart from awarding Kaliati a doctorate degree, the university also decorated  to President Peter Mutharika with a  doctorate  but was never accepted by the Malawi leader.

NCHE corporate services manager Dingani Soko said the deregistering of the college  means that all the learners pursuing any course at the university have to find other institutions to continue with their education.

Soko said Blantyre Intrernational University has not been accredited because the institutions do not provide a satisfactory teaching and learing envornment.

NCHE  also said the two institutions, including African Bible College require reviewing of their programmes to ensure comparability with similar programmes nationally and internationally.

It said the institutions not accredited or those accredited with conditions “should submit to the Council an improvement plan before the expiry of two months following the release of the results.”

The institutions that fail to submit the improvement plans shall be deregistered.

The council has, however,  accredited with conditions some programmes at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must)—one of the country’s four functional public universities, Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima), DMI St John the Baptist University, Nkhoma University and the College of Medicine (CoM)—a University of Malawi (Unima) constituent college.

 

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15 thoughts on “Malawi deregisters African University that awarded Minister Kaliati doctorate degree: 5 colleges not accredited”

  1. winston msowoya says:

    Bravo NCHE for disqualifying Kaliate’s Phd which is fake.She does not,indeed,qualify for the award of the prestigious degree which has become of late,unpopular and corrupt.How would someone receive a degree which he or she didn’t work for it? Of late,Africans have been the leading recipients of the fake and useless degree.Months ago,Robert Mugabe and Wole Soyinka were awarded the degree,but categorically turned the offer down for reason that they did not sweat for it.in fact,both of them have a good number of PHds earned through hardwork and endurance.Sorry Kaliati,try again.

  2. Mzuzu says:

    NCHE is just another useless institution and I totally question it’s existence.

    It is the very same institution which accredited the private universities during their offing, now to wake up suddenly and claim it has not accredited the universities is a disturbance of highest order to Malawians.

    Some of us enrolled with these private universities not that we were dull but choice and we can ably compete with you who claim to have gone through the fully subsidized universities, one of the poorly ranked universities in the world, University of Malawi.

    1. Vinco says:

      Tell them…………………

  3. Khuduza Kaluselela says:

    I don’t think there is any university worthy of any accolade in Malawi today. The quota system has destroyed university standards in this country. People who could never have seen the inside of a university lecture room are graduates with senior positions in public sector. With quota system NCHE is just but a drain on national fiscus

  4. john says:

    Inu a NCHE please, do good job, avoid accepting bribes just to please such institutions, mind you that people who send students there pay a lot of money and they strongly struggle to find that money. it is painful to see their awards with useless degrees. Please, assist our nation.

  5. john says:

    Hi, you mean MUST and COM some of their programs are on conditions, sure? Please, give us some space to read the programs. Am not expecting this from those two institutions. Yes, I agree with Exploit, Nkhoma, Skyways and those have lost the accreditations. People go to Exploit just to be exploited, that place is not good for learning at higher education, even at primary and secondary school. People get together to steal money from people and that is business. That Exploit belongs to professors within our learned institution, but they failed to put at the right place, why? You see they chose that place because people who have money are surrounding that place, and very easy to bait them.

    1. Mzuzu says:

      I totally disagree with you. Just accept that you have issues with Exploits. You are short minded and dull my brother.

      1. john says:

        Yes, Mr Mzuzu, If the institution belongs to that list then things are not well with it. Tell the management to improve the institution to retain the accreditation then. If not then what people talk is write then. Please, just accept the voice of people.

        1. Vinco says:

          Which people?

  6. JKK Chisale says:

    Nyasa Times please post their NCHE Press release and see the need for this organisation to be accredited first. If read their press release you will see that this organisation employed uneducated people without going through English grammar class

    1. Kriminal \'A\' says:

      You are missing it my friend, speaking good English is not a sign of being educated. Get rid of this mentality. I have a house maid who speaks good English because her former boss took her to the UK where they spent five years. But the poor woman cannot read or write. You will be called educated only if you have skills and not knowledge of a language. Look at the Chinese, French, Japanese, Germans, Russian etc, most of them dont know English but they are educated. You can meet a professor who doesn’t speak or understand English in China.

  7. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    If the Malawi Anti-corruption Bureau were still in existence, it would take an interest in this story.
    . . . Truth is, if you keep watching this space, you will be surprised [come 3 months] to learn that all these blacklisted institutions have been accredited [without even lifting up a finger to make any improvements on the issues pointed out by the NCHE]; for the simple reason that money will have changed hands and pockets.
    . . . You see, its high time the ACB became active and thus engaged themselves not just in ex-post investigations of corruption (i.e. after it has already happened), but also in ex-ante analysis (i.e where there is a potential breeding ground for corruption); and thus help prevent it from happening.
    …………………………………………………………………..
    Thus, if ACB were a living body [not as dead as it is now] . . .
    . . . Lucas Kondowe could have taken note of the reasons cited by NCHE for looking askance at each of these institutions and then conduct a simple assessment [after 3 months] to see if the institutions have been accredited actually after making the said improvements.
    . . . Junior officers at ACB (whose major preoccupation is promotion) could be in the forefront making such proposals to their bosses, and permission for follow-ups.
    . . . The ACB can even blow trumpets hence alert NCHE that they (ACB) are watching this situation and thus make NCHE not even dare accept or ask for a bribe from any of these institutions.
    . . . Alas! The ACB is just as dead as it is not available! And it hurts!
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  8. Maria says:

    About time- too many useless degrees in Malawi. For example I have seen very dull people being awarded degrees at exploits or international university-people who can’t write even a simple essay.

  9. mwana mulopwana says:

    I think this National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) needs to be accredited as well ,what is the criteria they are using to do their analysis, MUST has just roll out and with all that investment done on that instution , today you cant wake up and tell us rubbish, NCHE needs to be abolished forthwith, they don’t know what they are doing

  10. Zinenani Zoona says:

    Patirisha wazimva koma? Ukutu ndiye kumuyamba dala Patirisha. Kaya zanu izo. And all of you who accept anything looking like a certificate, learn your lessons quick.

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