NAB reacts to claims for private varsities

ling50th_5The National Accreditation Board (NAB), has described as misplaced accusation by the Council of Independent Universities that the board is charging exorbitant fees for accreditation. According to the board, the fee charged is not even enough to finance accreditation assessment activities.

The Council of Independent Universities last week expressed concern over what it described as “exorbitant accreditation and affiliation fees paid by them, saying it undermined the provision of quality tertiary education for qualified candidates.”

They said institutional accreditation fees have “dramatically jumped from $4,000 to $20,000 while programme accreditation has ballooned to GH¢ 6,000 from GH¢ 2,000 per programme introduced.

But Mr. Kwame Dattey, Executive Secretary of NAB said in an interview that those accussations were unfounded.

He said the fees paid are used to pay experts hired by the Board to undertake infrastructure and financial assessment of an applicant’s facilities.

kwamedattey-NAB-bossHe said the services of various experts such as accountants and architects were usually sourced to ensure that applicants have the requisite infrastructure and financial capacity to run as a tertiary institution.

“We don’t use the money to pay ourselves,” he said.

Touching on alleged bureaucracy in accreditation process, Mr. Dattey indicated that the process was time consuming because a lot of diligence has to be conducted to ensure that accreditation was awarded to only genuine and well qualified institutions.

In addition, he said by practice, accreditation committees are set to assess application, adding that the board could not be blamed for the long periods it takes to secure approval, adding that the “committees have to be left to do an independent work.”

He also denied that the NAB charged its fees in dollars, indicating that applicants were made to pay in the local currency.

With regard to affiliation fees charged young tertiary institutions that are under the mentorship of well established and accredited universities, Mr. Dattey said the charging of affiliation fee was not in the control of NAB.

He said those fees were charged by the mentoring universities, adding that young private institutions have options to change their mentors if they are uncomfortable with the affiliation fees.

By Edmund Mingle

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