Mist over University of Livingstonia accreditation

There is confusion as students and the administration at the University of Livingstonia (Unilia) clash following revelations by the National Council for Higher Learning (NCHL) that the institution is not fully accredited.

According to NCHL published statement in local press only education and theology programmes are accredited while Public Health, Environmental Management, Nutrition, Computer Engineering & Social Science programmes are not accredited.

Students have been protesting to the institution’s administration, accusing it of duping them the the university is fully accredited.

Students at Unilia
Students at Unilia

Principal of Laws Campus, a constituent of the university, Moses Mlenga, insisted that the institution got its accreditation from government in 2012.

“University of Liingstonia is a fully government accredited institution,” Mlenga told Nyasa Times.

In October, 2012 when he attended the sixth congregation of the university, the then state vice president Khumbo Kachali said government granted the university an accreditation “ based on the academic and infrastructural review”.

He said the accreditation was given  for purposes of granting diplomas and degrees in Malawi,.

Mlenga said the institution is “surprised” with NCHL statement.

Each student at the university, which is a property of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, pays K398 500 per semester.

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