The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) has explained that the controversies surrounding unaccredited programmes at KNUST and UG are legacy issues, thus they predates the existence of the commission.
The problems, according to Director-General of the GTEC, Professor Mohammed Salifu, were “legacy issues” that existed before GTEC was founded. He also noted that the commission had been collaborating with the universities for a prompt resolution even before the publication of the Auditor-General’s Report.
“As a result, many of the programmes flagged as being without active accreditation in the report have either now been fully reaccredited or are at advanced stages of consideration by GTEC.
“Indeed, some are due to be approved by the next board meeting on September 15, 2022,” he said.
Moreover, students at the University of Ghana (UG) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have been assured by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) that their interests will be protected in the ongoing case of unaccredited programs.Such worries have been allayed by GTEC Director-General Professor Mohammed Salifu, who stated: “We want to reassure the students that their interests will be at the center of the settlement of the situation and shall be protected.”
Prof. Salifu told Graphic Online’s Severious Kale-Dery, “We are well aware that the students are the likely innocent and unfortunate victims, and the commission will make sure that their interests are protected.”
The problems, according to Prof. Salifu, were “legacy issues” that existed before GTEC was founded. He also said that the commission had been collaborating with the universities for a prompt resolution even before the publication of the Auditor-General’s Report.
As a result, several of the programs identified in the study as lacking active accreditation have either since received complete reaccreditation or are currently undergoing serious review by GTEC.
Every program that a university offered was initially accredited for a term of three years, and then for re-accreditation, for a period of five years.
As a result, every five years, all programs had to undergo reaccreditation.
Unaccredited programmes are ‘legacy issues’ – GTEC
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