By Chancy Namadzunda:
National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has suspended the accreditation of the Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Education degree programs at DMI St John the Baptist University’s Mangochi campus with immediate effect after its failure to comply with minimum standards.
According to a NCH Statement published in national dailies of Wednesday, the University has been found wanting in the areas of student’s admission, staff complement, teaching practice and other academic procedures.
The Council has further ordered that the University must not enroll any new student for the Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Education until all identified concerns are addressed and re-assessment is conducted to ensure that the minimum standards have been met and that DMI University should submit an improved plan within 21 days and prepare re re-assessment of the concerned programs within 90 days.
“The University should prepare for the renewal of accreditation of all the programs which were accredited in 2016 and whose crediting period has expired within 90 days and the university should address gaps in the areas of criteria for student’s admission, assessment administration, staff complement and staff recruitment process and procedures,” reads part of the statement.
In September last year, NCHE opened investigations against DMI St John the Baptist University over allegations that the education quality at the institution is compromised.
According to sources, there were reports that the university had been offering degrees to students who did not pass their examination, employing local and Indian unqualified lecturer and that they have less than five qualified lecturers.
In an interview, NCHE Spokesperson Priscilla Namisika confirmed the development.
“As a regulator of higher education we have the mandate to promote quality and ensure that systems and processes at higher education institutions are in compliance with the Minimum Standards set for all higher education institutions in the country.
“The idea is to make sure that Malawians are getting quality higher education. As NCHE we are investigating the allegations in line with the provisions of NCHE Act,” She said