ZOU Degrees Suspended

Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE), a body that looks at the quality of degrees and diplomas offered by the country’s institutions of higher learning yesterday suspended two degrees and three diploma programmes offered by ZOU with immediate effect, plunging educational plans of many people undertaking the degrees involved into disarray.

The announcement was made in a public notice titled Suspension of degrees/diplomas of the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU).

The notice was placed in Tuesday newspapers.

“In terms of Section 17 of the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education Act (Chapter 25:27) read in conjuction with Sections 8 and 9 of the Manpower Planning and Develeopment Act, Chapter 28:02, ZIMCHE wishes to inform all stakeholders in higher education that the following degrees/diplomas offered by the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) have been suspended with immediate effect,” read part of the statement.

The programme listed include Master of Science (MSC) in Counselling, Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Counselling, Diploma in education graduate certificate, Diploma in Education primary and Diploma in Early Childhood Development.

“These programmes will remain suspended until corrective measures are effected and ZIMCHE issues an announcement lifting the suspensions. The process of monitoring degree offering institutions and degree programmes is an ongoing exercise and the public will be informed from time to time”, read the statement.