NCHE in trouble over Fairland University licence

By: PATIENCE AHIMBISIBWE

Kampala: The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has been found guilty of contempt of court after they revoked the provisional licence of Fairland University.

The Jinja High Court deputy registrar, Mr Deo Nizeyimana, ruled on January 21 that NCHE was in contempt of Court after they failed to stop a revocation of the provisional licence of Fairland University they had earlier issued.

In his ruling, Mr Nizeyimana observed that the High Court had issued orders to stop NCHE from revoking, taking steps to revoke, or actualising the revocation in case it had been done.

But the NCHE after receipt of the court order on March 14, 2013 went ahead to implement its position and revoked the university’s licence by removing their name from the register of universities and its official website.

“The respondent is hereby found in contempt of court,” reads the January 23 ruling. However, Ms Faridah Bukirwa, NCHE Senior Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer yesterday maintained their position pending hearing of the main application.

“We were not there when they made the ruling. We shall argue when the main application comes. The licence was revoked and this still stands,” Ms Bukirwa said in an interview.

NCHE revoked the operating licence of the Jinja-based institution citing their failure to meet the body’s minimum set standards.

NCHE which is responsible for overseeing that the public receives quality education from institutions of higher learning, also warned that qualifications from this university will not be recognised.

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