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NCHE has since withdrawn the licence to AUGCYD over misrepresentation of facts and described the registration of the university as irregular.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