Gitwe University management has announced to the student community that the Ministry of Education has suspended three courses including medicine, laboratory and general nursing.
The closure follows a forensic audit carried out by the Ministry which established that the university lacked requirements including inadequate lecturers, poor laboratory equipment and library among others scholastic materials.
Affected students have been sent home.
Dr Jered Rugengande, the rector of Gitwe University said that they had fulfilled MINEDUC requirements and the letter suspending the courses has caught them unawares.
“We have been surprised by the decision because the university had fulfilled all requirements. Indeed, the management of the university had written letters in December 2016 and February 2017 asking MINEDUC to return for another inspection following the audit carried out on 25th October 2016,” reads part of the statement signed by Dr Rugengande.
“The audit requested by the university was not carried out and we’ve been surprised by the decision of suspending the three courses,” adds the statement.
Gitwe University has announced that it has to respect the order which has gone into effect today 16th March 2017 as dialogue with the Ministry of Education continues.