GTEC must investigate reports of unaccredited courses at universities – Nortsu Kotoe

A senior member of Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu Kotoe wants the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to immediately conduct an investigation into the unaccredited programs at the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

According to him, this decision will ease the spirits of the people who offered these programs.

This comes on the back of the Auditor General’s report stating that some university programs run by the University of Ghana and KNUST were not accredited in 2021.

Talk to Citi Newsthe MP for Akatsi North said that the engagements with the management of the various universities must be made without delay.

“The GTEC needs to look at the content of the programs run by these universities as soon as possible and see how they can best regularize them so that those who have already passed out have no psychological effect.”

Over 600 university programs at the University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) were unaccredited in 2021.

The Auditor General’s report for 2021 noted that for schools, “accreditation expired or requires re-accreditation during the reporting period.”

The report revealed that 374 university programs at the University of Ghana are not accredited.

At the University of Ghana, out of the 374 non-accredited courses, 14 were degree programs, 80 were undergraduate courses, 213 were postgraduate courses and 67 were doctoral courses.

The Auditor General’s report noted that the school administration had responded to its recommendations.

At KNUST, of the 360 ​​programs run by the University, only 61 have been accredited, 190 have been sent to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for accreditation and re-accreditation, and 109 have yet to be sent to NAB for accreditation.

The Auditor General has recommended that university management “accelerate action to accredit and reaccredit all new and expired university programs respectively.”

KNUST was also asked to “liaise with the Ghana Higher Education Commission (GTEC) to take retrospective accreditations to cover all unaccredited certificates issued to students.”

The Auditor General recommended that the school stop offering programs that were not accredited to avoid NAB sanctions.