DepEd 7 checking accreditation of colleges, universities in Central Visayas

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 9 – The Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd) 7 is checking the accreditation of colleges and universities in Central Visayas, a senior education official said.

DepEd 7 Director Recaredo Borgonia said the move is based on DepEd Order 78, series of 2011, issued by Education Secretary Armin Luistro as part of the education department’s efforts to assist the Commission on Education (Ched) in instituting proper reforms.

Borgonia said Luistro has directed all basic education personnel to refrain from enrolling in master’s and doctoral degree programs not recognized by the Ched.

”Unaccredited institutions are not authorized to issue accredited learning programs,” Borgonia said.

”The scope of the order is nationwide. We are trying to check if there are DepEd personnel enrolled in unaccredited schools,” he said.

Luistro also warned DepEd personnel who are involved in unauthorized transactions with colleges and universities that have not met Ched’s requirements.

”The DepEd official and personnel shall not assist those who are involved in illegal operation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by allowing them to use any public schools facilities as venues for holding unauthorized classes and other activities,” he said.

Based on Ched 7’s May 2011 data, there are 159 HEIs in the region and nine accredited colleges supported by local government units.

Ched also directed a moratorium on five courses—nursing, business administration, teacher education and hotel and restaurant management—because these are “oversubscribed.”

A three-year moratorium on law schools is already in place. (PNA) LAP/EB/re


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