The number of tertiary educational institutions that are not accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) is on the rise.
Data from NAB indicates that there are currently about 52 tertiary institutions operating illegally or without accreditation.
The NAB has the mandate of accrediting both public and private (tertiary) institutions with regard to the content and standards of their programmes.
The issue of tertiary institutions operating illegally has become a concern, as it has raised questions about the kind of training students receive. Employers complain about the quality of graduates at all levels of education, with some giving preference to Ghanaians who have schooled abroad.
NAB, in its latest release of unaccredited tertiary institutions, said these institutions have not been accredited as tertiary institutions to run diploma or any other tertiary programmes in Ghana.
They are also not mandated to award or issue academic or professional certificates, as neither the institutions nor their programmes are accredited by the board.
“The Board will continue to add to the list as and when any come to its notice,” it assured the general public.
The NAB advised employers and potential students to consult it before employing graduates or enrolling in any tertiary institution in Ghana respectively.
In recent times, the NAB has sanctioned a lot of institutions which are not accredited by them; among these are the Jayee University College and Datalink Institute, both private-owned, ordered to cease enrolment in all their programmes for the 2015/16 academic year.
The University of Development Studies, a government-owned tertiary institution, was also directed to cease fresh admissions to its Bachelor of Education in Health Science programme for 2015/16.
Datalink Institute was directed to cease fresh admissions due to overcrowding and poor physical facilities, while Jayee University College was also sanctioned due to a myriad of issues and deficiencies identified by auditors.
The University of Education, Winneba – the mentoring institution, is expected to provide close supervision of the students already enrolled in Jayee University College’s programme until they graduate. This, according to NAB, is to ensure the students do not lose out on quality delivery.
An accredited institution is a public or private institution that has been given full authority to operate as an academic institution by the government mandated body.
A diploma is normally awarded by a tertiary institution after a candidate pursues a course of study spanning one to two years.
Tertiary institutions include a university, university college, and post-secondary diploma awarding institution, professional body awarding certificates or diplomas, or professional training institution.