3 South African universities may have to drop their law degree course including UCT

3 South African universities may have to drop their law degree course including UCT

The Council of Higher Education (CHE) has released a damning report which has revealed that three South African universities will lose their law qualification accreditation.

- A number of universities face losing the accreditation

- Walter Sisulu University has already had its accreditation withdrawn

- This was the first time the CHE had reviewed the LLB programme within universities

Briefly.co.za leared from news24.com that the report stated that after its National Review of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Programme, the following universities would have the accreditation withdrawn, the University of Limpopo, the Univesity of Zululand and the University of Cape Town(UCT).

UCT is rated as one of the best law schools in the world.

The universities have until May 2018 to respond to the issues raised by the CHE, this is the first time that CHE has reviewed LLB programmes. The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) has already had its accreditation withdrawn.

In its preliminary report the CHE has listed a number of universities which might lose their accreditation, these included the North-West University, University of the Free State and the University of South Africa, however, none of these universities were named in Wednesday's statement.

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Without accreditation from the CHE, a university cannot legally offer a law degree programme.

The CHE has the authority to determine and withdraw an institutions accreditation. The CHE works in a similar way to Unalusi in ensuring that matric final exam papers meet the correct standards.

UCT law faculty dean, Penny Andrews was shocked by the decision, they had submitted their report to the CHE in October and had not received any information from the council until the announcement appeared on CHE's website.

"We are shocked by this unilateral action on their part, without any engagement from their side," Andrews told News24.

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The CHE had raised concerns over the institution support for black law students and the success rate of black students.

"We addressed the council's concerns, but probably didn't address them in the form they would've [found] suitable."

The UCT spokesperson, Elijah Moholola was confident that the university would remain accredited.

Walter Sisulu University fell short in a number of ways in regards to their LLB programme, the CHE raised concerns over inadequate teaching resources, not enough development opportunities for administration staff, a lack of senior staff in the programme, the institution's programme lacked structure and the on-time successful graduation rate was low.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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