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wsuniversity thumb100 News24 reports that Walter Sisulu University (WSU) says it will not accept defeat after the Council for Higher Education (CHE) withdrew its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme accreditation.  

The university has been confronted with some challenges that led to the council's decision to withdraw its accreditation.  This means WSU cannot offer the programme anymore, and will have to re-apply for accreditation from scratch, with a new submission.  The institution can still take in new students in 2018, but it will not be able to do so in 2019.  Following its National Review of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Programme, CHE said that the University of Limpopo, the University of Zululand and the University of Cape Town (UCT), had also been informed that their accreditation could be withdrawn.  The institutions have until May 2018 to respond to the concerns raised by the CHE.  WSU spokesperson Yonelwa Tukwayo said they have put measures in place to sort out some of the issues raised by the council.  One of the issues the council had raised was a lack of infrastructure.  "They are 100% correct.  Our infrastructure is not up to standard [and] we are also underfunded and we sit with books full of debt.  The other point is that we don't have enough professors," Tukwayo indicated.  The programme is offered in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, which is a rural area, so it is difficult to get professors to work in the area.

  • Read this report by Jeanette Chabalala in full at News24

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