Burundi: Private Higher Education institutions invited to comply with noble standards.

From 28 September to 3 October 2018, there was held the evaluation of higher education institutions which was guided by academic governance, administrative governance, and infrastructures; and the results were made public at during a workshop held on Tuesday 9 October in Bujumbura.

The noble qualities to meet are regarded as a red line.

According to the Burundi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Gaspard Banyakimbona, 33 private higher education institutions were visited and evaluated on the basis of a specific tool. The Minister Banyankimbona invited officials of institutions of higher education to keep in mind that the respect of noble standards constitutes the backbone of laws which will never be on the negotiating table.

As reported by the Burundi Press Agency, the realization of this process of institutional evaluation responds to a long-standing desire of the authorities at the highest level of the hierarchy in order to monitor the functioning of the quality of recognized private and public higher education institutions in Burundi.

In addition to the presentation of the inventory of fixtures and the appreciation of the step taken by these institutions of higher education in relation to the standards to which they are institutionally
subjected, the workshop aimed in a specific way of making them responsible, especially those whose style of operation contrasts sharply with prescribed by law and standards in the matter.

A decline in the quality education.

According to the minister in charge of the Higher Education, many of these Higher Education Institutions operate below the quality standards recommended by the Higher Education. Minister Banyankimbona pointed out that there is a certain amount of declines in the training provided in some universities and institutes authorized and familiar with the standards.

This, he continued, risks a fatal blow to all higher education system if drastic measures are not taken in due course. “When the graduate candidate is no longer talented, it is a blow to higher education in its
globality”, Banyankimbona said.

Lack of Full-time university teachers hinders the Universities’ progress.
According to the commission charged with this evaluation, the Universities such as Bujumbura International University, International Leadership University, Hope Africa University, Light Bujumbura University, University of Lake Tanganyika, Polytechnic University of Gitega, University of the Great Lakes, Martin Luther King University, Mwaro University and Wisdom University of Africa have scores greater than or equal to 50%.

According to one of the members of this commission, a university is neither viable with a single faculty either viable without research activities. Several universities of the place suffer from a lack of qualified teachers and who are full-time for the supervision of students, at the moment where UNESCO standards require a teacher for 50 students.

Note that public higher education institutions will be evaluated, with the same criteria, next November, said Minister Banyankimbona while stating that this evaluation should not be interpreted as a personal pastime.

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