Fifty-one tertiary institutions which offer admissions to students to study courses do not have accreditation to do so, the National Accreditation Board (NAB) has said.
Information posted by the NAB on its website in Accra Thursday said such “institutions do not have the mandate to award or issue academic or professional certificates, neither the institutions nor their programmes are accredited by the board.”
It, therefore, advised employers and potential students to consult the NAB before enrolling in any tertiary institution in Ghana.
So far, 187 tertiary institutions have been accredited by the NAB to operate as academic institutions.
The unaccredited institutions, according to the NAB, include
1. Academy of Professional Studies in Takoradi;
2. Africa International College, Accra;
3. Bechem Polytechnic;
4. Ghanatta College of Art and Design, Accra;
5. Global School of Aviation, Tema, Kumasi;
6. ACS Professional College, Accra;
7. Hac-Holland Institute, Accra;
8.Havard School of International Marketing and Language Skills, Accra;
9. West Africa Computer Science Institute, Adabraka-Accra;
10. Quince Lincoln University Centre of Distance Learning Education, Accra;
11. Institute of Export and Shipping Management, Takoradi, Kumasi, Accra;
12. International School of Aviation, Tema;
13.International Travel Tourism Institute, Achimota, Accra;
14. ICPS, Tesano, Accra;
15. Jabez College, Takoradi;
16. Management Accountancy Technology Institute, Dansoman, Accra;
17. Oracle University, Kumasi.
18. School of Management and Professional Studies, Kumasi;
19. Staff College Consult, Accra;
20. International English Language Teaching and Learning University,
21. Labone SDA Sch, Accra;
22. West Africa Computer Science Institute, Adabraka-Accra;
23. International Christian College of Excellence, East Legon, Accra;
24.International Institute of Journalism, Tamale;
25. King Amin Islamic Institute, Agona Swedru,
26. Teachers and Douaat Training Institute, Madina, Accra;
27. Uthmang Islamic School, Kumasi;
28. Abdaullah Bin Mas’ud Centre for Memorisation of the Holy Quran, Accra;
29. S.M.P.S., South Suntreso, Kumasi;
30. Bechem Business College, Bechem, BA;
31. Delta University College, Keta;
32. University of Jesus of Nazareth Nursing, Training Centre, Mankesim;
33. Institute of Advanced Communication and Computer Education, North Kaneshie;
34. Genesis Professional Institute, Patasi, Kumasi;
35. Dosonee Training Health Institute, Lapaz, Accra;
36. GIET College, Santa Maria, Accra;
37. Notting Hill College, Avenor Junction, Accra.
38. Greenwich University College, Tema;
39. Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), Accra;
40. Ahmadiyya Theoretical University College, Mankesim;
41. Amity Institute of Higher Education, Dansoman, Accra;
42. All Stars Media College, Dansoman;
43. Imperial University College of Science and Technology, North Legon;
44. Ghana School of Survey and Mapping, Accra;
45. Unicorn University College, Kumasi;
46. Gewah Alternative University College, McCarthy Hill, Accra;
47. Mumford University of Science and Technology, Accra;
48. Vine University, New Achimota, Accra;
49. Achievers’ School of Journalism, Caprice, Accra;
50. Ambassadors’ University College, Lapaz;
51. Ballsbridge University –Ghana Campus, Sunyani;
52. Nelchris Science College, Accra;
53. Crown University College, Tumu & Kanda campuses.
According to the NAB, two foreign institutions, the Shepherd University, West Virginia, the United States of America (USA), and the Atlantic International University Hawaii, USA, had not been accredited.
Ban on institutions
Based on quality assurance test, the board said it had also banned some accredited institutions from admitting fresh students until they had met the requisite standards.
Currently, the Jayee University College in Accra and Data Link University in Tema have been banned from admitting fresh students even though they have accreditation.
This is because they have flouted some of the requirements for remaining accredited.
The NAB, therefore, tasked affiliated universities to supervise the students who had already enrolled in the two schools until they graduated.
This, according to NAB, was to ensure the students do not lose out on quality delivery.
The University for Development Studies (UDS), a government-owned tertiary institution, has also been directed to cease fresh admissions to its Bachelor of Education in Health Science programme for 2015/16.
According to the board, the list of 51 institutions on the website is not “an exhaustive list of institutions which have not been accredited to operate and award qualifications.”
The board said it would continue to add to the list as and when it became necessary.
In a related development, the NAB has also indicated that the Chartered Institute of Certified Tax Accountants – Ghana (CICTAG) had not been accredited to run academic programmes.
In public notice published in the July 9, 2015, edition of the Daily Graphic, the NAB and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) stated that the CICTAG did not have “the legal mandate to award any academic or professional qualifications that may be accepted for purposes of academic/professional placements/progression”.
It, therefore, asked the CICTAG to stop advertising for students to enroll onto its programmes.
The Executive Secretary of the NBA, Mr Kwame Dattey, told the Daily Graphic that the NBA was mandated to issue accreditation; however, it did not have power to close down any institution operating without accreditation.
“We can only revoke the accreditation of the institutions we have accredited or stop them from operating but we cannot close down any unaccredited institution because the law doesn’t allow us to do so. Perpetrators can only be reported to the security agencies to take action against them for operating illegally,” he added.
Mr Dattey further indicated that unaccredited academic institutions had great impact on the education sector, as well as graduates for the job market, hence the need to halt such activities.
Mr Dattey, therefore, cautioned employers, students and the general public to consult and check institutions certificates and accreditation status with the NAB before employing graduates or proceeding to enrol either in Ghana or outside.
On foreign institutions that were not credible, he said the NAB did not recognise any foreign institution which was recognised by its own government.
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