Notwithstanding its name, Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) has explained that it does not confer accreditation on local universities, merely registration
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a press statement on Friday, Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) revealed that medical degrees issued by institutions in Guyana are only recognized if the degrees are accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).
And since CAAM-HP has also confirmed that the Guyana-based Texila American University is not accredited, it seems that the medical degrees issued by that institution along with several other offshore universities in Guyana are not recognized anywhere at all.
The ‘university’ has been marketing its medical degrees as internationally recognized, but came under investigation after several students contacted the Guyana Guardian complaining that the degrees issued by Texila were not being accepted anywhere.
A subsequent investigation by a team of international journalists and the Guyana Guardian have since found that these universities were misleading international students into believing that they could have go on to the United States and other Western countries to study with a medical degree that was issued by them.
But when the Guyana Guardian first looked into the matter, Texila American University threatened to sue the publication, while claiming that their medical degrees are in fact recognized.
However, in a communication exchange with Lorna M. Parkins, the executive director at CAAM-HP, it was pointed out that Texila American University was not accredited by that body.
As a result, Texila then claimed that their medical degrees are recognized by the NAC in any case.
But that body made it clear earlier on Friday that “The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) is the legally constituted body established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that is empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programmes of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM. CAAM-HP will serve as the means of providing the assurance of quality that generates confidence in the principal stakeholders, students and the public.”
It added, “Medical schools established in Guyana are required to seek accreditation with CAAM-HP after being registered with the National Accreditation Council.”
It was noted earlier by a source at the NAC that registration does not mean accreditation of an offshore university.
However, many of these institutions have been using their respective registrations as front to confuse prospective students into believing that their degree programs are accredited.
Republished with permission of the Guyana Guardian