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UCJ sleeping on the job?

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Is the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) doing its job? Or is it another of those timid bodies - like the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and Office of the Public Defender - that have lost their way?

Carolyn Cooper rightly asks what the UCJ did to alert prospective students of a range of 'new' universities of the dangers that lay ahead. Yes, why not press notices by the UCJ if the offending institutions are not duly registered or if their programmes have not received at least a provisional stamp of approval?

If the offence is not so serious, and the institution/degree programme is actually up to par, why can't the UCJ fast-track full accreditation in the final year of the first cohort, completing their work by the end of August? If non-cooperation by the institution makes this impossible, then again press notices are in order.

Why do we have so few Greg Christies? Too many of our so-called leaders just covering their backs? Or are they part of the same Lodge?

GRADUATES SUFFERING

Such a pity that so many almost-graduates are now suffering not just at the hands of institutions that have lost their way, but because of societal pressure, especially strong in Jamaica, that makes anything less than a degree not count for anything. Such a pity, for example, that a College of Arts, Science and Technology diploma - every bit or even more useful than a University of the West Indies degree in days gone by - has now been pushed down and out by University of Technology degree programmes?

This is a long-time problem, of course. Check out Ronald Dore's Diploma Disease published in 1976.

PAUL WARD

pgward72@gmail.com