Dr. Ssembatya stated that as the given deadline has passed, the council will soon begin assessing individual institutions to identify courses that do not comply with the required regulations. He emphasized that institutions will not be permitted to admit students to these programs until they undergo review and receive approval.
Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, the Director Quality Assurance at NCHE
National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has completed the review of at
least 62.5 percent of courses from various higher learning institutions that
were significantly overdue for review.
Vincent Ssembatya, the Director for Quality Assurance at NCHE, revealed
that as the deadline for submitting these courses for review approached,
institutions overwhelmed the council with submissions. Consequently, the council
has been working tirelessly to clear this backlog.
Dr. Ssembatya pointed out that, as of the
latest update, they have successfully reviewed over 1,000 courses out of the
1,600 that were long overdue for re-assessment.
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The course review issue emerged
as a storm in the realm of higher education in Uganda, sparked by the
surprising news that the University of Cambridge and Bristol University had
declined to admit Ugandan students for postgraduate studies. This decision was
because the applicants had graduated after the expiration of
the program accreditation period.
This matter escalated into a
contentious debate, particularly concerning the validity of programs labeled as
"expired" and the uncertain fate of students who had graduated under
such conditions. Amidist this crisis, NCHE clarified that the
qualifications of graduates who pursued courses recently declared as
"expired" but had prior accreditation remained valid.
Following a series of meetings
and discussions, the council made several decisions. They opted to replace the
term "expired" with 'due for review' for programs whose reassessment
period had lapsed and had not been resubmitted for review. Additionally, the
term 'under review' was assigned to programs whose reassessment had lapsed but
had been submitted for review.
The council insisted on
mandatory submission of programs for reassessment within a six-month timeframe
to ensure compliance with accreditation standards. Vice-chancellors, including
Prof. John Robert Ikoja-Odongo of Soroti University, admitted being caught
unprepared, acknowledging lapses in periodically reviewing programs for
For a mutually beneficial
outcome, NCHE also decided to extend the time between accreditation and
reassessment to two program cycles plus one year. Within this timeframe, a
program is acknowledged as accredited but is required to undergo mandatory
submission to the NCHE for all programs labeled as due for review by November
Dr. Ssembatya stated that as the
given deadline has passed, the council will soon begin assessing individual
institutions to identify courses that do not comply with the required
regulations. He emphasized that institutions will not be permitted to admit
students to these programs until they undergo review and receive approval.
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Institutions were granted a
grace period to continue admitting students for courses under review until the
November 30 deadline. Consequently, any course that remains unrelieved will not
be permitted to admit students for the January intake in institutions that
follow such a schedule.
A recent examination of the
status on the NCHE website revealed that top universities have the highest
number of programs due for review. Kyambogo University ranked highest with 155
programs, followed by Makerere University with 115, and Uganda Martyrs
University with 105.
However, Ssembatya recognized
that certain institutions may have discontinued, temporarily suspended, or permanently
halted specific programs for internal reasons.
Nevertheless, he emphasized the
importance of communicating such actions with the council.
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