By: Emmanuel TJ Kollie (Intern)
The National Commission on Higher Education, has named several institutions that are illegally, and dubiously operating in Liberia.
The acting Director of the Commission Prof. David S. Dahn said, it is troubling for institutions to be in the business of offering fake degrees to the public.
He said as the proliferation of unaccredited and illegal institutions continue to parade the educational corridor of Liberia, it is time for Liberians to be watchful before they are caught in the web.
According to him in the coming weeks, the Commission will be very robust to bringing those institutions to book.
Professor Dahn named some of the institutions as: Goman University of Science and Technology, St. John College of Professional Studies, Florence Nightingale Institute of Health Sciences, Cremina Christina International University, others are, African American University, Advanced Institute of Professional Studies, Christopolis College of Professional and Technical Studies, and Inspired World Institute of Business and Technology.
The commission said it will not hesitate to close and drag operators of those fake intuitions to court.
In a related development, the National Commission on Higher Education says, all is now set for Universities and Colleges to reopen to the public with adherence to straight covid-19 protocols.
The Commission Acting Director intimated that the decision to reopen tertiary institutions comes following series of discussions with health authorities..
According to prof. David S. Dahn, only institutions that are in full compliance with the Ministry of Health will be allowed to reopen to the public.
Dahn explained that failure on the part of any tertiary institution to have their facilities inspected by County Health officers such institution will not be allowed to open to the public.
Prof. Dahn maintained that the inspection of campuses is part of series of measures intended to know as to whether schools are in full compliance with the existing covid-19 health protocols.
“The inspection process is meant to identify hands washing stations, adequate water supplier, clean environment, and to also make sure that people observe the social distancing procedure and how classrooms are arranged’’ he averred.
He said, following the inspection exercised by the Ministry of Health, nineteen tertiary institutions were being submitted by the NCHE for reopening.
He named those institutions as: African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS), Advantist University of West Africa (AUWA) ,Monrovia Bible College, Liberia Martine Training institute, African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, (both campus) and Blue Crest University College.
Others are, Smart Institute of Management and Technology Stars University ,Logrodan University, Stella Maris Polytechnic, University Bomi County Community College, Cuttington University- Main Campus, Suacoco, Bong County, Bong County Technical College, and Lincoln College of Professional Studies.
Meanwhile Professor Dahn wants Liberian students to hugely invest in what he calls STEM Education .
He said as the world evolves with technology, there is an urgent need for Liberian students to start shaping their mindsets towards science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to positively contribute to the rebuilding process of Liberia.
According to him, for Liberia to experience rapid growth more emphasis should be placed on STEM Education.
‘’In Liberia there are many people graduating from colleges and universities, and passing around with no job because we don’t have people with the technical know-how, so we are now encouraging our universities to focus on those relevant areas. Dahn intimated.
The National Commission on Higher Education was established by an act of the National Legislature in 1989 to formulate broad policy guidelines for the establishment of institutions of Higher Education in Liberia. NCHE serves as the regulatory body for all institutions offering degrees, and coordinate and serve as the principal liaison between institutions of learning offering degrees in the country.