On Sunday 5 May 2022 after Walter Sisulu University's accreditation crisis, Parliament's Higher Education Portfolio said that it wants someone to hold the institution accountable.
Students shut down the institution in protest against the loss of accreditation for several courses. However, the university claims that its situation is not dire.
In response to the issue during an interview Unisa's CEO, Professor Ahmed Bawa said that this is not an accreditation problem, but rather an issue that speaks to the administrative challenges that the country’s graduates face.
Professor Bawa goes on to say that the programs in question were all appropriately submitted and registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to be offered at our university.
So you know they have passed through the quality assessments of the university itself which is a very long arduous process.
He adds that these courses need to be registered as programs to be offered and that this is possibly how and where the glitch happened. According to the professor, during the Portfolio Committee meeting, there was a commitment by the Council for Higher Education and SAQA.
Bawa also points out that the some of the affected programmes were accredited by regulatory organisations such as the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and that professional certifications, had undergone professional examination by professional groups such as the South African Health Professionals Council (SAPC). The university also holds the view that someone needs to be held accountable for the error.
“Let me make just one more point and that is that you know somebody does need to answer for this because no university should have on its books programs that are not properly accredited and properly registered,” he said
He further states that as a requirement, Universities should not be able to find themselves in a scenario that jeopardises that level of trust, particularly to an extent that affects a graduate’s profession.