Universities To Drop Certificate, Diploma Courses


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

During the official launching of the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education, Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) project at the residence of the British High Commissioner, the Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Prof. Aiah Gbakima  disclosed that his Ministry is putting in place modalities to drop all certificate and diploma courses in all universities in Sierra Leone.

Prof. Gbakima said that universities must only offer Degree programmes and that only Polytechnics, Colleges would be offering certificate and diploma programmes, adding that Degrees must be conferred to graduates on the very day of the graduation ceremony.

According to Prof. Gbakima, about 35% of graduates are unemployable as a result of the unemployable courses they read, adding that they don’t have what it takes to compete in the job market.

He furthered that after the Technical Vocational Educational Training is completed, the document will be taken to Parliament for approval, adding that the reason expatriates are grabbing lucrative jobs is because universities fail to align their courses offered with that of the job market.