Earlier this week, the media revealed that some Ugandan degree holders are having their applications for further studies abroad rejected. This is apparently being done on grounds that what they studied was not accredited and therefore is expired.
The Bunyaruguru County MP, John Twesigye who doubles as the committee’s chairperson made the communication about the commencement of the investigation.
He passed on the information during a plenary meeting chaired by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa.
He said the committee will interface with officials from the ministry of Education and relevant agencies today and also tomorrow to analyze the situation.
Before resolving to investigate the matter, MPs demanded an immediate explanation officially. They also asked government to resolve the situation.
At the moment, the word ‘expired’ has gained news currency in Uganda. This happened after the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) announced that some courses were no longer eligible to be taught.
However though, in the council’s communication via its official website, it used the word “expired”. This was to describe courses that are not accredited.
The listed institutions have since come out to defend the mentioned degree, diploma and higher certificate programs.
They said these were mistaken for being expired because they had been restructured, merged or renamed after modification of the content.
Some other courses according to officials, were under review by the same statutory body that labeled them as ‘expired’.
The MPs therefore asked for very clear information on the steps being taken to address these cases. This is because Ugandans need reassurance that those who are ‘educated’, didn’t do it in vain.
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