Commission for University Education removes illegal courses from universities


Citing the June 2020 Court of Appeal ruling, CUE Director General Mwenda Ntarangwi said the mandate to approve and accredit university courses rests exclusively with the commission.

In a letter to all vice-chancellors, he said that it has come to the knowledge of the commission that professional bodies continue to claim to accredit and approve academic programs in universities.

On a sad note, however, and despite the court ruling, some professional bodies continue to hire universities regardless of the commission, if any.”, We read in the letter from CUE.

In this regard, Ntarangwi warned that any university found engaging with professional bodies for course accreditation without being part of the commission would be denied the request.

In addition, universities that already offer courses approved by professional bodies and not by the CUE will have the programs withdrawn.

The commission has also contacted professional bodies that wish to be involved in the accreditation and approval of university courses to work with the CUE.

This has been informed by the realization by the commission and the respective professional bodies that it is necessary to work together to achieve their respective statutory requirements for training and accreditation of university programs.

“The commission is pleased to inform the universities that following this call, the commission has worked with some professional bodies, with the aim of forging a common approach to the accreditation and licensing of the university education (including accreditation / approval of university programs) at universities, ”the letter to VCs read.

Role of professional bodies

There are 27 professional bodies and associations that operate in the country and regulate the training and conduct of their members.

Some have a legal mandate (established under Kenyan law), while others are informal associations representing members of the profession.

According to Kenya’s National Qualifications Framework Act, if a professional body or professional association wishes to be involved in education and training leading to the award of qualifications in the country, it must cooperate with insurance agencies. external quality (ETQA)) such as CUE (for the university sector), TVETA (for TVET) and ESQAC (for basic education).

Below is the list of professional bodies and / or associations in Kenya

  1. Association of Architects of Kenya;
  2. Association of Chartered Accountants;
  3. Association of Private Universities in Kenya;
  4. Association of Professional Societies of East Africa;
  5. Association of Public Universities of Kenya;
  6. Registration Board of Architects and Surveyors, Kenya;
  7. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators;
  8. Chartered Institute of Management;
  9. Council of Clinical Officers;
  10. Legal Education Council;
  11. Kenya Council of Engineers;
  12. Institute of Chartered Accountants;
  13. Institute of Certified Public Secretaries;
  14. Institute of Human Resources Management;
  15. Kenya Surveyor Institution;
  16. Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutes;
  17. Kenya medical laboratory technicians and technologists;
  18. Kenya National Association of Agricultural Professionals;
  19. National Association of Private Colleges of Kenya;
  20. Kenya Institute of Nutritionists and Dietitians;
  21. Kenya Engineering Technology Registration Board;
  22. Kenya Veterinary Council;
  23. Kenya Media Council;
  24. Council of Physicians and Dentists;
  25. Kenya Council of Nurses;
  26. Pharmacy and Poisons Commission;
  27. Kenya Marketing Company

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