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Tanzania deregisters two universities over academic shortcomings 

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The state-owned Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) announced on Tuesday the de-registration of two private universities for providing substandard academic services.

Equally, TCU barred a number of private universities from admitting new students after they had failed to meet required academic standards.

Charles Kihampa, TCU Executive Secretary, named the two deregistered universities as Teofilo Kisanji University in Tabora region and the Dodoma-based campus of St John’s University of Tanzania.

The official said students who were pursuing courses in the two deregistered universities should be shifted to other colleges before the commencement of the 2018/19 academic year.

Kihampa also mentioned TCU barred universities as Kampala International University in Tanzania, Marian University, Cardinal Rugambwa University, Sebastian Kolowa and United African University of Tanzania.

Addressing a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Kihampa said the commission’s decision came following an assessment which uncovered serious academic shortcomings in the higher learning institutions.

However, Kihampa said the decision to bar the universities will not affect continuing students as they will be allowed to continue with their studies.

“The continuing students are obliged to go on with their studies and should not be affected by the decision. All barred universities will be under special supervision and that they are not allowed to admit new students in all levels,” said Kihampa.

He said in 2016, TCU embarked on a special inspection program to assess the quality of education provided by higher learning institutions in the country, a survey which found some of the colleges providing services below standard, affecting the education sector.

Kihampa directed barred universities to “clean their academic houses by implementing instructions given to them,” warning that stiff legal measures will be taken against universities that failed to take corrective steps.

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