On Friday 19, August 2016 the Minister of Higher Education announced that Pan African Institute for Development (PAID) was not accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education. PAID happens to be the biggest Private institution for higher education in the South West region, as well as one of the country’s largest. News spread wildly about this, most especially on social media. It got so many people thinking and saying this was all some political stunt. But it appears it wasn’t.

According to CRTV, on 21st August, 2016 Pan African Institute for Development requested for a meeting to discuss the accreditation process of their institution as a higher learning institute. The Minister, Jaque Fame Ndongo, granted them the request. The meeting was held and presided over by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education.

Some directors of the Ministry of Higher Education and a delegation of four persons from the Pan African Institute of Higher Learning all proceeded discussions on the possibilities of accreditation.

On Thursday 1st September 2016, another meeting will be held. This time, an inspection team will be sent by the Minister of Higher Education to the Campuses of the Pan African Institute for Development in Cameroon. It is based on the reports which the team will bring back that the institution shall be granted  or not granted their accreditation.

This only gets one to wonder if going to any private institution in this country is safe. To think that for over the years, thousands of Bachelors and Masters degrees have been issued to students is a shame. Why is it only now that we are getting to discover that a very prestigious and big institution like this one is not accredited. It will be very important for the government to fish out all these institutions, so poor parents don’t spend hundreds of thousands in schools which are not recognized.

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