The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has announced that the Expired courses will be changed to Due For Review in categorization of academic programs at universities and all tertiary institutions.
This was revealed during a press conference conveyed by the executive director of NCHE, Prof Mary Okwakol.
Recent reports stated that some of the academic programs at different universities and tertiary institutions were expired.
As previously reflected on NCHE website, at least 1,470 programs had expired over the past five years.
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The affected programs included both graduate and undergraduate courses and the expiry period differed according to the academic institutions.
This has raised public concerns over the validity of accredited academic programs offered by NCHE.
The Executive director of NCHE, Prof Mary Okwakol, in a meetings with heads of degree awarding institutions and tertiary institutions, during which recommendations were suggested in regards to the categorization of academic programs.
Okwakol said the body, having taken into consideration the recommendations raised by the heads of institutions, have resolved to replace the word ‘Expiry’ with ‘Due For Review’ for programs whose re-assessment period has lapsed and have not been re-submitted to NCHE for review.
She also said that the council resolved to maintain the Under Review label for programme whose re-assessment had lapsed but have been submitted to NCHE.
Okwakol revealed that the council has also extended the period between accreditation and re-assessment to the equivalent of two equivalencies cycles plus one year, noting that During this period, a programs is recognized as accredited.
According to the NCHE, all the programs labeled Due for review must be submitted to the council by November 30, 2023 for re-assessment.