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The meeting that National Council for Higher Education (Nche) had last month resolved not to accredit four well-known institutions of higher learning in the country.

The institutions that the council could not accredit during its 17th meeting are Shareworld Open University, Riverton University, Eastern and Southern Africa Management (Esami) and Columbia Commonwealth University.

The council said, with the exception of Columbia Commonwealth University, the institutions are required to develop improvement plans responding to the recommendations that the council made.

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“The higher education institutions are urged to avoid misrepresentation of their accreditation status, which students and the public should be aware of,” the council says.

In March this year, Montfort Special Needs Education College also failed the accreditation test while University of Livingstonia and Daeyang University were accredited with conditions.

Other institutions that, in October last year, were also accredited with conditions include Nkhoma University, Malawi University of Science and Technology and University of Malawi’s College of Medicine.

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According to the council, the designation ‘accredited with conditions’ does not signify preconditions for attaining accreditation, but that institutions concerned are expected to implement certain recommended improvements for the purpose of continuous improvement.

Director of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Samson Macjessie Mbewe, told the second Nkhoma University congregation on Saturday that government will not entertain mediocrity in higher education.

“That is why the government established National Council for Higher Education to make sure that quality of higher education in Malawi is maintained. All higher education institutions should work towards getting their institutions and programmes accredited.

“The government will not relax on this. It is only high-quality-institution that can produce high-quality graduates that can significantly contribute to the sustainable development of the nation. If we give the nation mediocre graduates, we are killing this nation, slowly,” Mbewe said.

In October last year, Nche did not accredit African Bible College, Africa University of Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development, Blantyre International University, Exploits University, Skyway University and Malawi College of Accountancy’s degree programmes.

Nche operates using the National Council for Higher Education Act of 2011, which gives it power to regulate, promote and coordinate higher education in the country.

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