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wsuniversity thumb100 BusinessLive reports that a lobby group, the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN), has brought an urgent high court application to interdict the Council for Higher Education (CHE) from proceeding with its decision to revoke the accreditation of the Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU’s) law degree.  

The court is also being asked for an order compelling the CHE and the Law Society of SA (LSSA) to jointly institute "a fair, inclusive and transparent" re-accreditation process for the university’s LLB degree qualification.  The CHE has withdrawn WSU’s accreditation to offer LLB degrees, effective from January 2019.  This was after the council assessed 21 universities and found that WSU’s programme had underqualified lecturers and that its lecture halls were not suitable for use, among other concerns.  HETN said it had asked for a formal meeting with the CHE in November to discuss the matter, but that its request was ignored.  "We accordingly have no further option but to pursue legal action via the high court to obtain justice on the matter," it indicated.

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