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Malawi College of Accountancy students rue college accreditation delays

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Some graduating students from the Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) have expressed dismay over delays by the college to meet standards set by the National Council for Higher Education (Nche).

The institution was disaccredited in November 2016 after it failed to meet some Nche standards.

According to Nche, the college failed to make the grade after the council observed that the institution does not provide a satisfactory teaching and learning environment.

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The students who were to graduate in April 2017 got an injunction on April 13 from the High Court in Zomba restraining the college from going ahead with their graduation.

One of the students who are graduating with a Degree in Applied Accounting, Audit and Information Systems argued that the college should first get accredited before the graduation.

The students’ strongest fear is that the corporate world would opt for graduates from accredited colleges.

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“Wide consultations with other students from the unaccredited institutions indicate that they too suffer the same burden of segregation from the corporate world as is with MCA students,” said the student who opted for anonymity.

The student claimed there is lack of seriousness by the college management as they failed to turn up for an inter partes hearing which was scheduled for May 16 2017 in Zomba.

“We were surprised that MCA and its legal counsel never showed up. This is happening at a time when our pride as students is being eroded away at the expense of lack of seriousness from the college management. Since the date of the failed graduation, we have never heard anything from the MCA management which now has suspended issuing of academic transcripts,” said the student.

MCA Principal, Agrippah Phiri, said accreditation is a process and the students are aware of it.

He said, initially, management invited officials from Nche to shed light to the students on the process of accreditation.

“The students had time to ask questions on burning issues and they got responses. I can tell you that almost 99.9 percent of the students are pushing us to organise their graduation. They have nothing to do with accreditation,” he said.

He said it is only three graduating students who got an injunction and are pushing the college against meeting the standards by Nche.

However, Phiri did not state what management is doing on the current injunction, saying it would be contempt of court if he commented.

Meanwhile, during the 15th and 16th council meeting held in February and March this year, Nche received a report from MCA of some improvements the college has made seeking the council’s approval for accreditation.

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