ISPE: Accreditation Agency and MASHT applied discriminatory policies

ISPE: Accreditation Agency and MASHT applied discriminatory policies

The ISPE College, through a press statement, said on Thursday that the Accreditation Agency of Kosovo and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology applied discriminatory policies to this College and favored the others.

This is the full response of ISPE: 

The Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) after the meeting held on Thursday has announced on the AKA website the notice, according to which to ISPE College is revoked from the accreditation in all Bachelor (BA) and Master (MA) study programs with the exception of the bachelor program on Security Studies (BA).

The ISPE College through this public reaction denounces once again the illegal acts committed by the Kosovo Accreditation Agency, at the same time calls the Government of Kosovo and all other institutional mechanisms, including the State Prosecution and the Ombudsman, as well as all the European factor and the international representatives present in Kosovo to use all their means and legal possibilities in order to stop the ongoing persecution being made to this institution, academic staff, students and parents of students.

The wide public opinion in Kosovo and all the above-mentioned mechanisms should be informed of the following facts:

  1. In the table published by the KAA itself, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 it is clear that the ISPE College meets all the criteria required by the KAA itself for regular academic staff for each study program, while for the surprise of all of us, with the today’s decision, the ISPE College is revoked from the accreditation from accredited and re-accredited programs already from four (4) or five (5) times as a result of the evaluation by international external experts;
  2. The abolition of accreditation is completely in contravention with the legal acts in force which do regulate this issue, where it is very clear that Administrative Instruction No. 09/2017, Article 21 provides that the abrogation / revocation of accreditation may only occur after the performance of the international external appraisal monitoring report, which in this case should conclude that the factual situation in the institution is impaired with regard to quality assurance. We clarify the general public’s opinion that no inspection and monitoring was carried out atISPECollege in order to come to this decision;
  1. The Legal Department of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosovo in the Legal assessment with No. 2 / 2-3600, dated 01.11.2017, ascertains that the suspension of the ISPE College programs was done in full contravention of the applicable legal acts that regulate this field but the KAA has completely disregarded this document by not taking it into account and has continued with the practices of issuing illegal decisions;
  1. Minister of Education, Mr. Shyqiri Bytyqi, dismissed from the office the KAA’s Director only a few minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting of the Accreditation Agency and consequently the Board of the Agency issued decisions without the existence of the KAA Director as a legally competent person for the preparation of meetings of the KAA Board, among others, it is known that the KAA Director is ex officio member of the Board of the Kosovo Accreditation Agency;
  1. The Minister of Education, Mr. Shyqiri Bytyqi has tolerated the functioning of the KAA without the existence of the Commission of Appeals in this institution, this is in flagrant contradiction with the Law on General Administrative Procedure (Law No. 05 / L-031), respectively Articles 125 -135. By denying to the Institutions of Higher Education, in this case to theISPECollege, the Constitutional rights to use all legal remedies against judicial and administrative decisions that violate the rights and interests in the manner prescribed by law (Article 32 of the Constitution of Kosovo).
  1. The actions of the Minister of Education and today’s AKA decision to remove accreditation for study programs of the ISPE College without any legal basis is in open contradiction with the European Convention on Human Rights, namely Protocol 1, Article 2 (Right to Education), which provides that “no one can be denied the right to education”.
  1. The Minister of Education, Mr. Bytyqi has committed flagrant violations of the Law on Higher Education in the Republic of Kosovo and the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest in Exercising the Public Functions by not taking any action against some members of the Agency Board who have made open marketing on TV in favor of certain institutions of private higher education and do continue to be an active part of certain institutions.
  1. Regardless of the request of the former acting director of the KAA to the General Auditor of the Republic of Kosovo, where it is clearly stated that due to the grounded suspicious on irregularities in the decisions issued by the KAA, has officially required the conduction of a general and comprehensive audit in AKA, the Minister of Education fails to react and in return he dismisses the Acting Director of the KAA;

Therefore, we require from:

I. The Prime Minister of theRepublicof Kosovo, Mr. Ramush Haradinaj to take immediate measures against the Minister of Education. Mr. Sh. Bytyqi and at once and for all to stop these arbitrary practices to the detriment of higher education institutions, their students and their parents, while openly favoring some other institutions of higher education;

II. The Assembly of Kosovo, to require a parliamentary interpellation the Minister of Education for his actions and omissions in relation to KAA;

III. The head of EU Office in Kosovo, Ms. Apostolova to take immediate actions to initiate the audit (to initially demand from the Court of Auditors of the EU) on how EU funds have been spent on the education sector in Kosovo (Ms. Apostolova several days ago stated that funds spent by the EU in Kosovo in the education sector are in the amount up to 34 million Euros). We also ask Mrs. Apostolova to officially request from the European Agency (OLAF) specialized in the investigation of crimes committed against budgeting and corruption to initiate investigations into the way of spending these funds in Kosovo in the education sector.

IV. We require from the Kosovo Accreditation Agency to immediately withdraw this arbitrary and unlawful decision and thus cease causing the consequences that are almost inevitable to the ISPE College. Also, the ISPE College informs the Accreditation Agency that it will use all the legal remedies to put before the individual responsibility any of the AKA official who, by his actions or omissions, has been part of these arbitrary and unlawful acts.

The ISPE College wants to assure all its students and the parents of students that it with follow all the legal measures to guarantee the regular conduct and the performance of the teaching process and at the same time will keep them informed of any further action, including the reaction through organizing protests until the realization of our legal rights./Ibna/