The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has warned the public against four universities that have not been accredited, yet have gone ahead to confer honorary degrees on some individuals in the country.
According to the Board, some of the foreign institutions confer such honorary degrees, particularly doctorate, on prominent personalities ‘with the intent to legitimize and popularize the operations of the institutions in Ghana, and thereby seek to attract unsuspecting students to enroll in them.’
The four universities are; Day Spring Christian University of Mississippi, Pan African Clergy Council and Bible College, Global Centre for Transformational Leadership and the World Council for Evangelical Clergy.
The Day Spring Christian University of Mississippi recently conferred honorary doctorate degrees on Ghana’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Sherry Ayittey; National Disaster Management Organisation boss, Kofi Portuphy; Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress, Kofi Asamoah; Secretary General of the Ghana Federation of Labour, Abraham Koomson and Joy FM’s international correspondent Jefferson Sackey.
NAB in an earlier statement on September 8, expressed concern about the conferment of honorary degrees and emeritus professorships by institutions which do not have the accreditation to do so.
The Executive Secretary of NAB, Kwame Dattey, said that the situation was ‘in contravention of the Tertiary Institutions (Establishment and Accreditation Regulations, 2010 – LI 1984, Section 13 (1&2) and Section 19 (1&2).’
NAB has since published the list of eligible institutions established in Ghana that can confer honorary degrees below:
University of Ghana, Legon
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
University of Cape Coast
University of Education, Winneba
University for Development Studies
University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa
University of Professional Studies, Accra
University of Health and Allied Sciences
University of Energy and Natural Resources
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
Ghana Institute of Journalism
Valley View University
Akrofi-Christaller Memorial Research Institute
Trinity Theological College
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