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NCU music degree - waiting in vain

Published:Saturday | June 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

I am a past student of the Northern Caribbean University, having graduated with a first degree in music education in 2001. However, I have been waiting for the programme to be accredited in Jamaica since then - with no luck.

The Northern Caribbean University's degree in music education is accepted as an accredited degree at schools abroad but is yet to be accredited here in Jamaica. What this means is that I am being paid for my diploma, and all the years, tears, and funds spent in acquiring my first degree in music education has not paid off in the Jamaican education system.

Yet, I am happy that I did my degree in music at NCU. Its music programme is superb and has increased my skills and knowledge as a teacher of music immensely. However, I need to personally reap some rewards apart from the vicarious pleasure of seeing the Music Department at deCarteret College grow and seeing my students graduate to go on to further studies and careers in music.

I am asking that the relevant persons make the effort to see the accreditation process finalised before the next school year begins.

I also hope that the accreditation of this programme is not being deliberately held back because of any secret agenda. NCU's music programme will not negatively affect the applications to the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Music Department. Both schools are good schools, but their programme offerings do differ.

I am, therefore, asking all the parties involved to please complete the accreditation process for NCU's music programme here in Jamaica.