Dr. Michael P. Slawon, Director General for the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), has described as criminal and unacceptable the operations of the International Miracle Institute, a Nigerian-owned tertiary institution of learning that is currently offering Bachelor and Doctorate degrees to Liberian students.
Slawon has threatened to take legal action against the administration of the institution if he should find anyone carrying on what he described as “academic malpractices” in the country.
Making the disclosure to reporters at his office in Monrovia yesterday, he said the government is not in any way aware of the school’s operation, adding that it is the University of Liberia, Cuttington University, United Methodist University and Stella Maris Poly-technique as institutions that are officially accredited and qualified to grant masters’ degrees. “Any institution besides the four is operating illegally,” he warned.
Slawon vowed to bring the matter to the attention of the Justice Ministry for appropriate legal remedy.
He warned Liberians attending such an ‘illegal institution’ to stop now or risk their degrees being discredited.
Although it is not clear whether the school is running an online program, Slawon argued that, “even if it is so, it was not with the knowledge and consent of the office of the NCHE.
The International Miracle Institute over the weekend reportedly graduated about 70 students which claimed the attention of the Commission.
“Our focus is to provide quality education to our people, which we are committed to do,” Dr. Slawon said.
In a drive to improve the sector, Dr. Slawon had on previous occasions ordered the closing down of several “bogus tertiary institutions of learning that were then offering degrees to Liberian students.”
Currently, tertiary education has been decentralized to include the Bomi, Nimba, Lofa, Bong, and Grand Gedeh Community colleges.