The Fiji Higher Education Commission [FHEC] is advising students enrolling into higher education institutions to fully understand the programmes and courses they are committing themselves into.
The Commission is raising this to avoid students taking some programmes especially short courses where they gain unrecognized qualifications. Many such courses are not scrutinized as thoroughly as academic ones and this is being looked into by the Commission in 2105.
The Executive Chairman of the FHEC, Dr Richard Wah emphasized that students and parents have to know background information of the courses they have chosen.
“People have the right to find out whether the programmes offered by higher education providers are registered under the Fiji Qualifications Framework,” described Dr Wah.
Dr Wah said the public can cross check with the Fiji Higher Education Commission about the validity of programmes offered by higher education providers in the country.
“Accrediting and registering these programmes is all part of the Quality Assurance of Fiji’s higher education system,” assured Dr Wah.
The Fiji Higher Education Commission is also advising higher education providers to be fair enough in providing valid and quality assured programmes.