Uganda’s NCHE revokes St.Lawrence, Stawa University licenses
KAMPALA JULY 4 – Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education has given notice of intention to revoke the provisional license it issued to St. Lawrence University over the absence of adequate governance structures as demonstrated by the lack of separation in powers between the owners, governing council and the management.
The Council also faults the University for teaching of unaccredited programmes, lacking qualified academic staff and admitting students without adhering to the minimum admission criteria, concerns that had years ago been raised by Kenyan authorities over teh quality of graduates from another private Ugandan university. The Council also accuses St Lawrence of entering illegal affiliations with other institutions and failure to meet several outstanding financial obligations which has left the university in a precarious situation. The license will be revoked six months after the notice that appeared in the press today.
Stawa will lose its Letter of Interim Authority in two months’ time after it was found to have violated the terms and proceeding to teach without a valid provisional licence, unlawful admission of students without a valid licence and illegal advertisement of the project as a fully-fledged university whereas it is not.