HEC to assess Gitwe University’s reopening

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 5 May 2017 saa 09:12
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The Higher Education Council (HEC) has revealed that 14 members of the Council are set to carry out a forensic audit of Gitwe University before it is re-opened.

Lectures in some courses including medicine, nursing and laboratory sciences at the University were suspended in March 2017 following MINEDUC assessment which established that there was clear lack of observation of standards with inadequate teachers, poor laboratory and library facilities as well as lack of teaching materials.

A statement released by HEC explains that the move follows a report from the university management that expresses and assures HEC to have implemented recommendations from an earlier audit.

“I am delighted to let you know that a delegation from HEC will visit your institution from 10th to 12th May 2017 to audit and establish how far you have implemented recommendations you were asked to,” reads HEC in a statement replying to Gitwe University.

During a recent HEC meeting with 10 higher learning institutions, and universities whose academic programs were suspended, it was agreed that a university will individually request for an audit for before reopening.

The Executive Director of the Higher Education Council (HEC), Dr. Emmanuel Muvunyi has explained that HEC will discuss with universities found to have implemented between 30% and 40 % of the recommendations on how to implement the remaining components within six months or be definitively closed if they fail to do so.

Some universities that were closed in March 2017 following a report identified their lack of required standards include; Rusizi International University in Rusizi district, Singhad Tehcnical Education Society(STES) in Kicukiro, Mahatma Gandhi University-Rwanda located in Gasabo and Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts based in Huye district.

Others which had some courses suspended include University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB) inGicumbi district, Open University of Tanzania in Ngoma district, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology based in Kicukiro, Institut Catholique de Kabgayi (ICK) in Muhangadistrict and Institutd’EnseignementSuperieur de Ruhengeri (INES-Ruhengeri) based in Musanze.