The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has announced to the public that the Commonwealth University and London Graduate School, UK have not been accredited by the board to award any form of degree, be it regular or honorary.
In a statement signed by Dr Kingsley Nyarko, the acting Executive Secretary of the Board and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said the announcement was necessary because the attention of the board had been drawn to a planned conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on some selected personalities by the Commonwealth University and London Graduate School, UK.
“The Board wishes to caution all and advise that distinguished personalities invited for such awards, should verify the accreditation status and degree-awarding powers of the institutions that seek to confer on them honorary degrees to avoid any embarrassing fallouts”, he added.
Dr Nyarko said the notice was to forewarn the dignitaries who are to be awarded by the said institutions with the so-called honorary degrees to avoid exposing themselves to unnecessary embarrassment and ridicule.
“This is one of such instances where some foreign institutions confer such honorary degrees, particularly doctorate degrees on prominent personalities with the intent to legitimise and popularise their operations in Ghana, and thereby attracting unsuspecting students to enrol in them,” he explained.
He said Universities and other tertiary educational institutions which were unaccredited by the relevant authorities in their home countries cannot be authorised to award any degree – regular or honorary in Ghana.
He warned the public that any person or group that accepted any degree from such entities does so at the peril of being a subject of ridicule and contempt. GNA