The Chairman of the Health Committee in Parliament, Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah has disclosed that the Ministry of Health is investigating the running of unaccredited programs at the Yamfo College of Health in the Ahafo Region and the Kintampo College of Health and Well-Being.
Final year students of both institutions have accused school authorities of running unaccredited programs.
In an interview with Citi News, Dr Kwabena Twum- Nuamah said that the Health Committee in Parliament is collaborating with the Health Ministry to resolve the issue of the two institutions.
“We’ve already been informed about it. Even the students in Yamfo have written a petition to the committee. We have already engaged the Ministry of Health because it’s their institution and they’ve assured us that they are working assiduously to provide a remedy. They gave us the challenges they are facing, such as the caliber of lecturers they have there because they needed to meet the standards of the National Accreditation Board before they could issue out those certificates.”
“They’ve given us a timeline they are working on to try and rectify the situation. So we are just monitoring to make sure they actualize the promise they have given us. So we want to assure the students that all is not lost. Things are being done to make sure everything is fine,” he said.
Kintampo College of Health and Well-Being accreditation matters
Earlier this year, over 500 students of the Kintampo health institution showed dissatisfaction over the school’s failure to award them certificates after graduation.
According to them, the University of Cape Coast to which the College of Health is affiliated to claimed that the school was not accredited to teach some programs, hence the refusal to award them their certificates.
Alhassan Abdul-Rashid, spokesperson for the group said that efforts to seek help from the Minister of Health proved futile.
“Now, the issue is that we want our certificates because when the minister asked us to do an out-of-court settlement, we thought that as students and as responsible students, we should listen to our father and the Minister of Health to do justice, and unfortunately, several deadlines have been given us… all to no avail. He hasn’t heeded to his promises that he’ll get us our certificates.”
Yamfo College of Health accreditation matters
Students of the institution had previously called for an injunction after they discovered that they have been deceived by the school, making them believe that they were affiliated to the University of Cape Coast and were accredited.
Some even feared their certificates will not be deemed acceptable after graduation because the school had not been given the clearance to operate.
This call, however, was granted by the Sunyani High Court, thereby stopping teaching and learning activities in the school.
The Students Representative Council (SRC) of the school later called on the National Accreditation Board to speed up the accreditation process to enable students to continue their academic work.