Did HEC act in haste to suspend varsities?

Editor, RE: “Private universities warned on unauthorised operations” (The New Times, August 29). As things are, Higher Education Council (HEC) was informed of the decision to open Musanze Campus way back in December 2014, and University of Kigali (UoK) management had invested huge sums of money on this branch. HEC should audit before suspending a campus.
Dr Innocent Mugisha Sebasaza, the Director of the High Education Council, speaks to Journalists last week. (Sam Ngendahimana)
Dr Innocent Mugisha Sebasaza, the Director of the High Education Council, speaks to Journalists last week. (Sam Ngendahimana)

Editor,

RE: “Private universities warned on unauthorised operations” (The New Times, August 29).

As things are, Higher Education Council (HEC) was informed of the decision to open Musanze Campus way back in December 2014, and University of Kigali (UoK) management had invested huge sums of money on this branch. HEC should audit before suspending a campus.

I am sure they have not been to this campus so what are they suspending? If they find out that this branch is up to standards, will they compensate UoK for this inconvenience they have caused?

Does it take good eight months to audit a campus? Should an investor in education hold on to their money for 8 months before they are allowed to operate?

If UoK is offering accredited programmes which it is, isn't such decisions not against all interests least those of HEC. If they offered unaccredited programmes, then HEC would have a point.

Ben

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Come on HEC. If UoK approved programmes—and I am assuming they have good equipment as those at Kigali Campus—why not audit first before you suspend a campus? Isn't this haste? Is it serving students and parents?

As a parent of a student at the UoK campus, I have been there and they have done a good job in terms of equipping the campus. My daughter tells me they are taught well and strict.

This decision does not serve public interest. HEC, as a public institution, should have audited first before suspension.

Alfred Rugumire

 

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