Saturday, May 16, 2015

FRESH CRISIS HITS
UNIUYO, AS PHARMACY LOSES
ACCREDITATION
…AFFECTED STUDENTS PROTEST UNDERWAY

As the University of Uyo prepares for its 21st and
22nd
convocations, crisis looms in the institution as it
loses
accreditation of core courses.



Speaking on
condition of anonymity, a member of the National
Board for Technical Education (NBTE) reveals that
the accreditation team that visited the institution
recently for accreditation of its programmes was
disappointed at the state of infrastructures,
equipment and technical capability of the university
to sustain pharmacy and some Arts Courses,
which informed total withdrawal of accreditation of
some courses, including pharmacy.

Continuing, our source maintained that the Faculty
of Pharmacy of the University of Uyo lacks basic
laboratory apparatuses, teaching equipment and
technical manpower to continue to train
pharmacists for our Health Care System.

He further stressed that during the second but last
Accreditation Team visit to the institution, the
University only managed to secure interim
accreditation for few courses. Reacting to the
development, a Professor in the university who
pleaded anonymity affirmed that the Institution has
lost
accreditation in core courses, blaming it on the
inability of the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Comfort Ekpo
to use available financial resources to provide
adequate infrastructures, equipment and
manpower for accreditation of courses in the
University, challenging the Vice Chancellor to
publish a comprehensive list of accredited courses
and their status of accreditation for the information
of the university community, students, parents and
general public as the academic culture and
tradition demand.

Also speaking, a Principal Officer of the University
(name withheld) said, the affected students are
covertly planning a mass protest that may
snowball into a major crisis as the fate of the
affected students hang on the balance.
Efforts to reach the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Comfort
Ekpo for her
comment was not successful as her phone was
said to have been switched off.www.academicmerit.blogspot.com
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