NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (NCHE) PRESS RELEASE 18th September 2019

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (NCHE)

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                      

18th September 2019

 

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press

You are invited here today to report clarification from the NCHE on erroneous information filtering the media about some institutions that operate higher education programs in Liberia, and claim to receive mandate or approval from the NCHE. In the same vein, this forum is expedient to inform the public about moratorium imposed on accreditation for newly applying institutions and the adoption of a new policy for “Licensing” before accreditation.

On 10th September 2019, the Daily Observer News reported a story on a new university launched in Salala, Bong County, called Taongi National University (TNU). According to the report, “TNU is a world-class university on the horizon, working very hard to meet and exceed global academic excellence. The TNU, which is based in Liberia, is accredited by the International Education Professional Accreditation Association and is also an affiliate of many top world-class universities. The university system provides for Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctorate Degree Programs in many disciplines. Accordingly, it has already met the necessary requirements the National Commission on Higher Education has set; henceforth, it is accredited to operate in any part of the country.”

Also, on 11th September 2019, the Front Page Africa News covered and reported a story of a school named Christian University College (CUC), which offers post-secondary programs for teachers and nurses. This institution graduated 55 teachers and awarded “C” Certificates to those graduates. Another institution the NCHE considers notorious with constant reports on enrolling and graduating students is Day Spring Bible College.

More so, on 16th September 2019, the Daily Observer reported on a caption “YMCA Gets Polytechnic Status.” The report states, “Following series of engagements with the Ministry of Education (MoE), through the National Commission on Higher Education the Y-Polytechnic College was licensed and then launched on Friday September 13, 2019 in commemoration of the YMCA computer training program’s 29th graduation exercise in Monrovia.” Furthermore, the report notes that, “Y-Polytechnic acting director, Gabriel Briamah, said the management received the permit from authorities at MoE through the NCHE to prepare a degree-granting program.”

 

While the NCHE works towards engaging those concerned authorities from institutions mentioned above, it is necessary to clarify to the public that the information provided within the public space through the media by the various institutions is erroneous and misleading. Let it be clear emphatically, that none of the above mentioned institutions have received any form of authorization from the NCHE to commence or offer post-secondary, tertiary, or higher education programs within the Republic of Liberia. And, anyone wishing to enroll or has enrolled within any of these institutions or institutions not “accredited” or “licensed” by the NCHE to offer post-secondary level program is and will do that at their own risk.

 

The NCHE is the arm of the Liberian Government charged with the regulation and supervision of higher education activities in the country.  It is an established autonomous agency of the Government by an Act of the National Legislature in 1989. Its mandate are to: a) Formulate broad policy guidelines for the establishment of institutions of higher education in Liberia, and to coordinate and serve as the principal liaison between institutions of learning commencing from the Post-Secondary level; b) Monitor, evaluate, and accredit all institutions of higher learning; c) Approve new and existing programs of higher education for funding, after having satisfied itself of their needs for national development; and, d) Review existing programs at institutions of higher education with the aim of establishing priority programs of study based on national needs.

 

As the regulatory arm of the Liberian Government for higher education, the NCHE is charged with licensing new institutions of higher learning with the appropriate designation of “Level” for program delivery. In this regard, it has adopted a “licensure” policy to accommodate all post-secondary institution in Liberia by providing Guidelines and Standards for Licensing Institutions and to ensure that prospective and existing institutions and the citizens of Liberia that post-secondary educational institutions (otherwise referred to as higher education institutions) operating in Liberia demonstrate the capacity to deliver the required good quality of education by providing up-to-date instructional curriculum, faculty, library resources, personnel, student services, facilities and equipment that meet the demands of current realities of the socio-economic situations of Liberia.

 

“Licensure” is legitimate and it serves as the initial requirement towards “Accreditation.” Any person or people venturing into educational services by offering post-secondary programs illegally within Liberia are advised to desist, and pursue the appropriate procedure through the NCHE. The pillars of serve for the NCHE are to provide “ACCESS”, “RELEVANCE”, and “QUALITY”.

 

For information on accredited higher education institutions in Liberia, search the NCHE website; ncheliberia.org or Google National Commission on Higher Education. For the benefit of those who have no access to the internet attached is the list of recognized and accredited institutions by the NCHE.