Thousands of degrees awarded by Walter Sisulu University (WSU) may be invalid

Graduates and current students of the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) may be enrolled or acquired bogus qualifications.

Students in the institution may have been enrolled in courses that are allegedly not registered or accredited by the Council on HIGHER Education.

According to DispatchLIVE, despite the programs being identified as “questionable and not in good standing,” by the university’s registrar, students were allowed to graduate.

WSU offered a total of 28 programs, including Master’s degrees for medical professionals, that are allegedly unregistered or unaccredited.

According to an internal letter to the university’s leadership, 2080 students graduated from non-accredited programs between 2019 and 2021.

During the same time period, there are additional 7,637 students who are suspected to have enrolled in non-accredited programs at the university.

DispatchLIVE also revealed that in October 2021, the university’s registrar recommended in an internal e-mail that 12 postgraduate students should not be allowed to graduate because of the non-compliant status of their programmes.

The programmes were:

  • the advanced diploma in internal auditing (two students) offered on the Butterworth campus;
  • bachelor of science honours in zoology (five students) offered in Mthatha;
  • master of medicine in anaesthesiology (two students) offered in Mthatha; and
  • master of medicine in obstetrics and gynaecology (three students) also offered in Mthatha.

The university hasn’t released a statement to confirm or deny the allegations.

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