Mico revelation: 14 bachelor of education programmes awaiting accreditation
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
One of Jamaica’s top teacher-training institutions, The Mico University College, has released information indicating that most of its programmes are awaiting the University Council of Jamaica's (UCJ) approval.
The UCJ is the government entity that approves degree programmes and tertiary institutions.
Mico’s publication comes amid mounting concern from graduates who say they are frustrated at not being able to benefit fully from their degrees which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Some say they are being paid well below the accepted rate because their employers, including the Education Ministry, are awaiting the accreditation.
But in an advertisement in today’s Gleaner, Mico noted that the UCJ has assessed all 14 programmes under the bachelor of education (secondary) degree which are not accredited.
Some of the popular ones include history and culture, language and literature, physical education, social studies, science and mathematics.
The first degree in special education is also not accredited.
Mico says all the programmes were presented and assessed by the UCJ over five site visits between November 2013 and May this year.
However, it remains unclear how long it will take the UCJ to make its final decision.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre has been unsuccessful in numerous attempts to get a response from the UCJ.
Up to the time of publication, our news centre was awaiting a return call from an accreditation officer.
Mico says it applied for accreditation in 2013 even though it started offering the four-year programmes in 2008.
It says this is because the UCJ process requires that an application for accreditation be submitted after graduating a cohort.
Mico’s four bachelors of education courses that have accreditation are language and literacy, science and technology, primary education and early childhood education.
The first degree courses in guidance and counselling, school management and leadership and a master’s programme in teaching are all approved.
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