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uctBusinessLive reports that the Council for Higher Education has decided not to withdraw the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) LLB accreditation.  

Late in 2017, the council, which is responsible for quality assurance in the higher education sector, downgraded UCT’s LLB programme, which had been criticised for failing to enhance throughput and graduation rates and for its failure to address race and gender equity issues.  The council had given UCT six months to deal with the issues raised, failing which its LLB accreditation would be downgraded from "notice of withdrawal of accreditation" to "confirmation of withdrawal of accreditation".  In a letter to UCT deputy vice-chancellor Prof Lis Lang, the council said that, based on the evidence provided, the Higher Education Quality Committee revised its accreditation decision to full accreditation for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme.  UCT said it had put "significant thought, careful planning and great energy" into the improvement plan submitted to the council.  Separately, the council recently announced that it had withdrawn Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU’s) accreditation to offer LLB degrees in its law faculty, effective from January 2019.  WSU said at the time it would make an effort to submit a new programme for accreditation before the end of 2018.

  • Read this report by Bekezela Phakathi in full at BusinessLive

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