Police has teamed up with the Jinja District Education Department and National Council of Higher Education-NCHE to crackdown on unlicensed institutions of learning there.
Samson Lubega, the Kiira Regional Police spokesperson says that 30 out of the 51 higher institutions of learning in Busoga district are not licensed. He says the institutions are fleecing off parents and learners of their hard earned money.
Lubega says police has recorded at least 17 cases of fraud involving directors of private higher of learning, which are still under investigations.
Some of the unlicensed intuitions are the East Africa Community College, Busoga Media Institute, Bamboo Media Institute and Mike Dee Broadcasting College.
They are neither recognized by Uganda National Examinations Board – UNEB or NationalCouncil of Higher Education. In addition to operating without authorization, the affected institutions also hire unqualified lecturers, lack basic facilities and don’t follow a specific curriculum.
Memory Achuku joined the East Africa Community College two years ago for diploma in Information Technology. Achuku student says despite completing her tuition and the course she doesn’t know her results as some lecturers went with their scripts due to none payment.
Achuku also says that unlike her friends at recognized institutions she cannot sit for UNEB or Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board exams.
David Nkata, a former student of Busoga Media Institute says he has failed to get a job since the institutes is not recognized. He also says that despite completing his studies two years ago he has never graduated officially.
Lydia Namuwaya, the Jinja District Inspector of schools says that some of the institutions are not even recognized by the district. Namuwaya says these Institutes begin the registration exercise but abandon it mid way, which leads to complications.
Christopher Bagya, the DirectorEast Africa Community College says they are heavily indebted and plan to close when the last batch of certificate and diploma students complete their courses.
EACC has close to 50 students pursuing different courses. Michael Luggya, a trainer at Mike Dee Broadcasting College says they only impart practical media skills to students and media practitioners but don’t issue award certificates. He plans to register the media institute in the near future.
The National Council of Higher Education has hired the services of Lex Uganda Advocates to go after the unlicensed institutions.