NCHE rejects 66 KIU awarded PhDs

By Philimon Badagawa

The government regulatory body supposed to ensure quality higher education has rejected 66 PhDs awarded by Kampala International University (KIU) during the previous two graduations.

Addressing a press conference at the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) offices in Kyambogo on Tuesday 26th March, Prof. Nyeko Pen Mogi, the chairman of NCHE said government was concerned with the high rate at which KIU was conducting doctoral programmes.

“We don’t recognise 66 KIU PhD degrees in their current state. We don’t want any of our universities to be blacklisted. Somebody starts up a university without proper structures and qualified staff,” Prof. Pen-Mogi pointed out.

 The regulatory body had advised the university not to award the 46 PhDs during the last years’ graduation but KIU went ahead and awarded the highly doubted PhDs.

 A team led by Prof. Okuda Osimba, Acting Kyambogo VC did the investigations and found out that the entire process through which these PhD students underwent was wanting and questionable.

 He said the admission procedure was not clear, low quality examinations were given, underqualified supervisors and examiners were recruited, and some students spent less than the four-year approved duration for the completion of the PhD programme.

 The team said that out of the 66 PhDs awarded during the 2011/12 graduations, dissertations of eight will require minor corrections, 36 require major revisions before the PhD awards can be recognized and 22 dissertations were rejected for having serious conceptual, philosophical, theoretical, methodological and new knowledge deficiencies worsened by plagiarism.

 NCHE requires one professor to supervise two PhD students but it was also revealed that at KIU, one professor supervised over ten students.

 The Vice Chancellor of KIU, PK Tibenderana is yet to communicate the official stand of the university on the canceled PhDs.

2 Responses to "NCHE rejects 66 KIU awarded PhDs"

  1. BYARUHANGA JUSTUS   May 22, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    NCHE shall not just raise unactualized decisions at any time to revoke awards and Dissertations (determinants of awards), but rather would be lobbying through innovation and Technology ministry and other indigenous and internal organizations to involve all Universities and Tertiary Institutions collectively in innovations research; also it has never been late for NCHE to establish final Dissertation Examination(s) or NCHE sets standard Dissertation Examination(s) sat by Universities and Tertiary Institutions Candidates or Students examined by NCHE lawful Professionals (Licensed and up-to-date professionals) or NCHE sets National Examinations examined by qualified/lawful professionals, otherwise, persistent NCHE’s conduct can cost individual and Government heavy sufferings, unless government hires more Officers experienced in Higher Learning education and conversant with law

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  2. BYARUHANGA JUSTUS   May 22, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    It is on world record that NCHE rejected Ugandan PhD degrees, a sign that Ugandan education law is undependable, reason for no Education security, herein all local and International graduates are victims and their academic awards and practicing licenses are revocable, if not addressed without affecting the previous Institutions of Higher Learning teachings and academic awards system. No doubt, there is no constitutional guide or procedure or measure or authority for Research Reports, Thesis, and Dissertations, but rather it is an organized product each Institution of Higher Learning in Uganda use to determine the philosophical strength and exposure of each Candidate, after completing a course of study, give consideration to University’s/Institution’s Candidate, University/Institution and other Academicians with thoughtful ideas are approached by University’s/Institution’s Candidate and University/Institution to contribute; Research Report/Thesis/Dissertation potency rules out the past course Units studied practicality; however, there is a legal hunger in conflicted Curriculums that can be replaced by sole Curriculum and Organic Research Unit/or and sole Institutions of Higher Learning Examination resolved by Parliament to waive unconstitutional Curriculum and Identical Program with course Units dissimilarities, and NCHE conflict with Institutions of Higher Learning. NCHE can just save to leave frivolous and ill services closely or mediate administrative issues internally or enter a legal suit (since can cost individuals/or and Government heavy sufferings) or employ academic performance measure reforms than libel or slander deformation of Universities/Tertiary Institutions/or and Ugandan Education image/Standards respectively, since Ugandan Institutions of Higher Learning are trusted and licensed to teach and award independently, especially they (Universities/Tertiary Institutions) can afford to perform without legalized tool to measure liberated Universities and Tertiary Institutions performance; Research organic unit (an organized group of permanent research synergy) could fulfill innovations outputs (competent graduates, items, irrevocable dissertations, Institutions of Higher learning competency updates and awards justice); as education is a permanent investment in life time, much as, is being delivered by each entrusted independent University and Tertiary Institution, then NCHE would be chaired by the nominated leader among top academic Officials voted by each University’s and Tertiary Institution’s top academic Official in Uganda, to minimize NCHE injustices and compromised authority; there is no legalized tool to measure Universities and Tertiary Institutions performance until now; there should be public notice before staging Dissertations review and awards revocation exercise and proof that the exercise was(will be) done universally to everybody whether studied in Uganda or not, as long as, the academic award may be used in Uganda, but since no lawful tool to measure independent Universities and Tertiary Institutions performance, NCHE could initiate academic performance reforms without interfering the previous dissertations and awards locally and internationally. Also Ugandan Institutions of Higher learning are not close-physically-associated in research innovations, to establish Research Reports/Thesis/Dissertations role model (Research Organic Unit), permanent to effectively perfect thesis, research reports and dissertations or research innovations outputs or Research Report/Thesis/Dissertation practices compatibility among Universities/Institutions of Higher Learning. As, result of high calling to bring a group of Institutions of Higher Learning to be close-physically-associated, “Innovations Research Synergy Satisfaction and Innovations Performance among Universities/Institutions in Uganda” was established under Article 2.3(III), and 6.13.2.1 to 6.13.2.5 and entire Articles seven to ten of Global Institute of Allied Psychology, Health and HIV/STIs Management (GIAPHAM) Constitution 2016 as amended. Innovative research Inputs i.e., Symbiotic Innovations Courseware or Research-ware E-Learning, Intrinsic Innovation Satisfaction, Institutions of Higher Learning Equity and Equality Retention, Innovations experts esteem,…will influence outcomes i.e., Institution of higher learning equity, student admissions and learning resources equality,… which in turn generate outcome linked i.e., Competent graduates/professionals, Quality items, Competent University/Institution to digest/synthesize new tricky/complicated events to effect perfect output/service delivery/problem solving,…; much as, there are social factors that may interfere with Innovations Research Synergy Satisfaction to influence poor Innovations Performance among Universities/Institutions in Uganda that must be fought i.e., Institutions/Universities Retrograde pride rather than integrate pride, Admissions and Learning resources inequalities, Institutions/Universities Inequality Beliefs , Policies and Binding Laws abuse It is estimated that each Ugandan Institution of Higher Learning registers 1000 students per year and each Regulatory Body and Professional Association share 1000 graduated products. That the project requires 47 Billion UGX, and 3 Billion UGX to build project’s block. That each Institution of higher learning shall charge each student 30,000/= per semester to enable the innovations research project ramp up. That each professionals’ Regulatory Body and line Professionals’ Association shall charge each professional 30,000/= (Thirty thousand shillings only) per year to enable innovations research project ramp up. That this project has so far gotten 1/4 of required qualified volunteers and it is the duty of GIAPHAM and Government to secure their G1-work permits. That GIAPHAM shall implore NGOs’ support to ramp up innovations research project.

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