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Are tertiary institutions breaking the law by withholding accreditation info? CAC seeks advice

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) says it will be seeking legal advice on whether tertiary institutions are breaking the law by not clearly telling prospective students that their programmes are not accredited.

The CAC's decision to probe the matter follows mounting public concern about the legitimacy of tertiary institutions and their degree programmes.

Chief executive officer of the CAC, Dolcie Allen, says institutions which do not make it clear in their advertising that their programmes are not accredited could be guilty of misrepresentation.

Meanwhile, Allen is urging students to be vigilant in selecting tertiary institutions and programmes of study.

She says over the years the Consumer Affairs Commission has received few reports from students affected by accreditation issues.

In recent weeks, the Hydel University College, the 178-years-old Mico University College and the Caribbean Maritime Institute have had many of their programmes questioned.

The Mico has noted that many of its newest programmes are awaiting approval from the University Council of Jamaica, the body that approves degrees and tertiary institutions.

Some students claim they cannot benefit fully from their degrees, including being paid a full salary, because their employers are concerned about the status of their degrees.

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