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UCJ approves three Mico degree programmes

Published:Tuesday | November 11, 2014 | 11:05 PM

The Mico University College in Kingston, says the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) has now accredited three of its degree programmes.



The UCJ is the government entity that approves degree programmes and tertiary institutions.



Acting president of Mico, Professor Carol Clarke, says the UCJ last month, approved the business studies, family and consumer science and mathematics specialisations offered at the bachelor of education-secondary level.



This reduces to 11, the total number of programmes awaiting accreditation at that level.



Some of those still awaiting approval include history and culture, language and literature, physical education, social studies and science.



Professor Clarke says she expects more UCJ approvals shortly.



In August Mico published the status of its programmes amid mounting concerns from graduates who said they were frustrated at not being able to benefit fully from their degrees which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.



The Mico graduates as well as some from other institutions said they were being paid well below the accepted rate because their employers, including the Education Ministry, are awaiting the accreditation.



Mico’s four accredited bachelors of education courses are language and literacy, science and technology, primary education and early childhood education.



The bachelor degree programmes in guidance and counselling, school management and leadership and a master’s programme in teaching are also approved.



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