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No timeline set to make Tertiary Education Commission fully operational

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 9:45 PM

There is still no clear timeline as to when legislation will be promulgated to make the Tertiary Education Commission operational.



The Commission was set up in 2011 and has the mandate to oversee the tertiary school system where it, among other things, will regulate the sector and set standards to ensure that institutions have the capacity to offer quality education.



However, the body has not been able to fully carry out its functions because of the absence of regulations.



The Commission and the Government came under criticism recently after members of the public complained that a number of institutions and their programmes are unaccredited which have left many students and degree holders in limbo.



Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says legislation to give the Commission its powers is still in the drafting stage.



Thwaites says he has asked the Commission to outline the legislative changes which are needed to ensure the mandatory registration of a college or university.



However, there is no timeline as to when the legislation will go before the Houses of Parliament for passage.



While admitting that there has been a long delay, the education minister says the drafting of legislation is not an overnight process.



He also says the Government has other legislative priorities which are critical to the deal with the International Monetary Fund.



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