49 tertiary institutions have been identified as unaccredited schools in Ghana.
The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has cited Ghana Institute of Languages, Legon, and Ghana School of Survey and Mapping, Accra, to be among 49 unaccredited institutions operating in the country.
More than half of the unapproved tertiary schools are in the Greater Region with 32, followed by the Ashanti Region with eight and Brong-Ahafo, Western and Central Regions having three each. The Northern and Volta Regions each have one identified unaccredited institution, with none in the Eastern, Upper West and East Regions.
The inclusion of two public institutions -- Ghana Institute of Languages and Ghana School of Survey and Mapping - is further evidence there is total neglect of other non-university tertiary institutions in the country.
The Ghana Institute of established in 1961 by Ghana’s first President - Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, previously operated under direct control from the Office of the President to help enhance the linguistic competence in modern languages of Foreign Service personnel and civil servants.
Currently, the Institute is under the Ministry of Education with the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) having oversight responsibility.
It is therefore surprising to see such a national institution not having the accreditation needed to operate, as the institute currently runs programmes in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
The NAB, in data published last Friday on its website that listed unaccredited institutions in the country, including the aforementioned schools and said: “The following institutions have not been accredited as tertiary institutions to run diploma or any other tertiary programmes in Ghana.
"They are also not mandated to award or issue academic or professional certificates. Neither the institutions nor their programmes are accredited by the National Accreditation Board.Employers and potential students are advised to consult the NAB before enrolling in any tertiary institution in Ghana."
By accepted standards, an accredited institution is a public or private institution that has been given full authority to operate as an academic institution by the government mandated body.
The NAB stated recently that it has noted with deep concern the practice of some tertiary institutions admitting unqualified students, especially those with D7 and E8 (WASSCE) grades, to pursue various tertiary programmes on condition that they make up the credit passes within a year or two.
"We wish to bring to the attention of all tertiary institutions, students, parent and the general public that this is a clear infraction of the national admission requirements as reiterated by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in a letter circulated to all tertiary institutions recently."
In the past, the National Accreditation Board has queried some private institutions for not operating under the required standard set for institutions in the country to operate;Wisconsin International University College was cited for admitting students without the minimum qualifications. It was also asked to cease advertising and to put into place proper procedures for admitting mature students.
Methodist University was asked to withdraw about 1,465 students who did not meet the minimum requirement. The Pentecost University College was also cited for the same offence.
The Board some time ago revoked the accreditation of Ideas University College in Sunyani, and barred it from admitting students or keeping students on campus for the purpose of receiving academic instruction.