Commission for University Education allays fears over unapproved courses

The Commission for University Education (CUE) has directed universities to ensure that all their courses are accredited.

The commission has also directed the universities to stop declaring options within already approved programmes as separate degree programmes for placement of students.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) has at the same time assured members of the public, especially students, not to panic about the programmes they are already enrolled in and directed universities with unapproved programmes to seek accreditation.

In a statement, (CG) CUE says it allowed the Placement Agency to admit students in new programmes in the 2019/2020 academic year after compliance issues were addressed.

It however delayed admission approvals for a few new programmes which had not enrolled students before in the 2019/2020 academic year.

The commission indicated that the move to validate undergraduate programmes offered was done under request from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service and that the Commission’s decisions were based on facilities as well as programmes on offer as at August 2018.

Some universities with unapproved, but running, programmes have been directed to commit themselves in writing to have the programmes accredited even as they offer them.

On Monday, CUE disapproved 133 courses with a total entry capacity of 10,000.

Out of the 133 unapproved courses, Tom Mboya University College had 25, Garissa University and Alupe University had 10 while the Great Lakes University of Kisumu had eight.

Kenya Highlands Evangelical University had seven courses rejected by CUE while six courses each were disproved at the Lukenya University, University of Embu and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology.

The East African University, Kenyatta and Karatina had four courses rejected while Moi University had three courses rejected.

CUE also rejected three courses at African International University and Mama Ngina University. The regulator further stated that Mama Ngina was not an accredited university college.

At Alupe University College, two of the programmes were not approved which was the a similar case as the Catholic University of Kenya, Kabarak University, Technical University of Mombasa and University of Eastern Africa Baraton.

Southern Eastern Kenya University, Masinde Muliro University, Laikipia University, University of Kabianga, Pwani University, Multimedia University of Kenya, Gretsa University and Bomet University had one course not approved.

Meanwhile, Kenya Highlands University has faulted the Commission of University Education for the listing of seven allegedly unapproved courses run in the institution terming the action as irresponsible and insensitive.

The University Chancellor Professor Wilson Langat said it is unfortunate that the commission listed their university as offering unapproved courses yet they followed the required processes for approval.


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