Uganda refutes claims that Nigeria has rejected its academic degrees


The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) dismisses claims suggesting that Nigeria might reject Uganda’s degree certificates due to authenticity concerns.

Prof. Mary Okwakol, the executive director of NCHE, clarified that there have been no grievances from Nigeria regarding the legitimacy of Ugandan academic documents. NCHE is responsible for investigating complaints related to higher learning institutions and ensures appropriate measures are taken.

In contrast to circulating reports, Nigeria has not halted accreditation for Ugandan degrees. Prof. Okwakol encourages individuals with evidence of counterfeit degrees to come forward with information, emphasizing the importance of taking necessary actions based on credible evidence.

Educationist Rose Stella Akongo cautioned against obtaining degrees in under two months, urging vigilance against substandard courses. The Ministry of Education refrained from commenting until formal communication is received.

Last year, a Ugandan student faced challenges in a UK university due to an allegedly expired undergraduate course. NCHE directed universities to submit programs for review, with 2,395 out of 4,369 accredited degree programs in the final stages.

Makerere University investigated fake degree awards, urging employers to reverify degrees. Kyambogo University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka, pledged to revoke degrees obtained fraudulently. Some Ugandans were reported using genuine academic documents that did not belong to them.