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National Accreditation Board Ministry of Education P. O. Box CT 3256 Cantonments Accra

My Ref. No. Tel. No.: 030 - 2946014 Fax No.: E-mail: nabsec@nab.gov.gh Website: www.nab.gov.gh

Republic of Ghana

March 15, 2012

CONDITIONS FOR CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS FOR ACCREDITATION AND REACCREDITATION OF INSTITUTIONS AND PROGRAMMES

The National Accreditation Board (NAB) is becoming increasingly concerned about the attitude of some institutions towards issues of accreditation and re-accreditation of the institutions and/or programmes. Particular note is taken of the underlisted: Refusal/failure to pay for and collect certificates of accreditation. letters notifying grant of accreditation specifically indicate that accreditation does not take effect until certificates are paid for and collected but this rider is largely ignored. - . Applications are submitted for new programmes while accreditation for existing programmes or the institution had expired. Introduction and running of new programmes even before applications for accreditation had been submitted. Introduction and running of new programmes in public institutions without clearance from the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and accreditation by NAB. Failure to verify or validate admission qualifications of students. . Failure to respond to Panel Assessment Reports within the stipulated time, thus delaying the consideration process.

The foregoing contribute both to the delay in processing applications and flouting the conditions for the grant of accreditation. They also do not augur well for the quality of delivery of programmes in our tertiary institutions. Under the circumstances therefore, the Board is compelled to adopt the following measures to bring some order into the system of administering accreditation and quality assurance: No applications for accreditation of new programmes from an existing institution shall be considered until all certificates of accreditation have been paid for and collected. No applications for accreditation of new programmes from an existing institution shall be considered unless the institution and all its programmes are in good standing. No applications for re-accreditation of an institution or its programmes shall be considered if the payment for and collection of certificates of accreditation are still outstanding.

No applications for accreditation of new programmes from public institutions shall be considered unless accompanied by a letter of clearance from NCTE. Where an institution unduly delays responses to assessment panel reports while the programme is running, the Board shall caution and subsequently publish the unaccredited status of the programme.

Yours faithfully,

KWAME DATTEY EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

DISTRIBUTION ALL ACCREDITED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS CC: Executive Secretary National Council for Tertiary Education Chairman National Accreditation Board