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Government 'very concerned' about Mico/Hydel accreditation problems

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 2:19 PM

The Government says it is very concerned about reports emerging that many college graduates cannot benefit fully from their degrees because of accreditation issues.

On Monday, 69 persons who studied early childhood education at Hydel University College were essentially told their degrees are worthless, because the institution and the degree are not registered with the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ).

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

Yesterday, The Mico University College admitted to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that dozens of its graduates are affected by the lack of accreditation of several of its programmes.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says this is a very serious development.

He's urging students to exercise more vigilance in selecting courses.

Meanwhile, Thwaites is insisting that the UCJ will not approve programmes without a strict vetting process to ensure international standards are met.

Many former Mico students have complained to our news centre that they are frustrated at not being able to have their degrees recognised.

Some say they are being paid well below the accepted rate because their employers including the Education Ministry, are awaiting the accreditation.

In relation to Hydel, the UCJ says the university college has submitted an application for registration.

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