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Uganda Denies Reports of Nigeria Rejecting Its Degrees


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The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), in response to recent claims that Nigeria may reject degree certificates from various African countries, including Uganda, has firmly denied any knowledge of such concerns. Prof Mary Okwakol, the executive director of NCHE, stated over the weekend that Uganda has not received any complaints regarding the authenticity of academic papers issued by its institutions.

According to Prof Okwakol, one of NCHE’s primary functions is to receive and investigate complaints related to higher education institutions. She emphasized that no complaints from individuals, institutions, or authorities in Nigeria have been received concerning degree certificates awarded by Ugandan universities.

Contrary to reports from GhanaWeb, which suggested that Nigeria had suspended accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates from Benin and Togo, with similar sanctions impending for countries like Uganda, Kenya, and Niger, Prof Okwakol stressed that Uganda has not been officially notified of any such measures.

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The alleged suspension was reportedly confirmed by Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, during an appearance on Channels Television. The reports also included testimony from an undercover journalist claiming to have acquired a degree from a Benin university in just two months.

Prof Okwakol urged the concerned country to provide specific information about any fake degrees discovered for appropriate action. She emphasized the importance of complainants furnishing details about the forged degree certificates and the institutions that issued them.

Educationist Ms Rose Stella Akongo, the principal of Luigi Giussani Institute of Higher Education Kampala, expressed skepticism about obtaining a degree in under two months, cautioning students against falling victim to institutions offering substandard courses. She advised prospective students to ensure their chosen institutions are regulated by NCHE to meet international minimum standards.

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The Education ministry spokesperson, Mr Dennis Mugimba, refrained from commenting on the matter until formal communication is received about the contentious issue. This cautious approach mirrors a similar incident last year when a Ugandan student faced denial of an upgrade opportunity in a UK university due to an expired undergraduate course.

Concerns raised prompted NCHE to request universities to submit programs due for review by November 30. Approximately 1,500 study programs were initially labeled as expired, later renamed ‘due for review.’ Dr Vincent Ssembatya, NCHE’s director of quality assurance, confirmed that, out of 4,369 accredited degree programs, 2,395 were under review, with most in the final stages of approval.

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Makerere University launched a probe into alleged fake degree awards, urging employers to verify degrees of Makerere alumni. Prof Buyinza Mukadasi, the Academic Registrar, issued a statement in November 2023, triggering this action due to concerns about individuals securing employment with forged academic documents.

Kyambogo University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka, acknowledged fraudulent practices among students, stating that some had attempted to alter marks. He warned that the university would revoke degrees obtained fraudulently as soon as facts were provided to management.