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Govt Closes Busoga University

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Government, through the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), has closed Busoga University over lack of staff and facilities.

The closure of Busoga University has been recorded in the gazette under General Notice No.1065 of 2017.

The notice was published on December 1.

NCHE has also revoked Busoga University license.

NOTICE FOR CLOSURE OF BUSOGA UNIVERSITY

“Take notice that the National Council for Higher Education has revoked the provisional license of Busoga University and it has ceased to operate,” the notice reads in part.

But the revocation will not make the degrees awarded null and void.

“The revocation of the licence does not affect the validity of any certificate, diploma, degree or other academic award granted by the university when still under the provisional license,” further reads the notice.

WHY GOVERNMENT CLOSED DOWN BUSOGA UNIVERSITY

According the notice, government closed down Busoga university due to:

  • absence of adequately qualified staff
  • admission of students without the requisite admission criteria
  • illegal affiliation
  • poor financial health
  •  teaching of unaccredited programmes
  • lack of up to date student records
  • failure to conduct progressive student assessment
  • irregular graduation of unqualified students

FATE OF STUDENTS, BUSOGA UNIVERSITY

  • NCHE to set up committee to seek admission of students to other universities.
  • Busoga University will be closed for two years
  • University can reapply for a license in November 2019
  • Reapplication guided by Section 98 (3) of the University and Other Tertiary Institutions Act

GENESIS OF BUSOGA UNIVERSITY WOES

  • 2016: University accused of awarding ‘fake degrees’ to 1,000 students, largely from South Sudan and Nigeria.
  • NCHE found out that the 1000 students had only studied for 16 weeks

 

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