Higher Education Investigates Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Qualifications
The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) received attention, following media reports about some of its courses not being accredited. Higher Education regulatory bodies have started processes to put the matter to bed.
Earlier this year, an article was shared on social media about the accreditation of WSU courses and this alarmed some of the university’s alumni, as it raised questions of the qualifications offered at the university.
These programmes are that were under question for not being accredited are:
- Advanced Diploma in Internal Auditing;
- Advanced Diploma in Journalism;
- BSc Honours in Zoology;
- Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and
- Postgraduate Diploma in Chemical Pathology.
It has been said that there is a sixth qualification, i.e. the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Services, which hasn’t been offered since 2019.
According to the Department of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, new student registrations in these qualifications were to be accepted until 31 December 2019, after which the programmes had to be taught out or a new programme put in place that enabled continued offering in the area.
In a statement, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr. Blade Ndzimande revealed:
In the case of Walter Sisulu University, there were new student registrations after 31 December 2019.
The Council on Higher Education’s Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) has begun the process of choosing an evaluator to assess the HEQSF alignment processes for the five programmes. Once the evaluator’s report is completed, the HEQC will consider the report and make necessary recommendations.
This team has also started a full audit of the qualifications to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the three regulating bodies, i.e. the DHET, CHE, and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
The department has also confirmed that no cases have come to its attention nor that of the CHE.