After the Congress of the republic approved by majority the bill that seeks the recomposition of the Board of Directors of the National Superintendence of Higher University Education (Sunedu), the National System of Evaluation, Accreditation and Certification of Educational Quality (Sineace) pointed out that the ruling affects the university reform and it means a setback in the assurance of educational quality in the country.
Since it is public, with 68 votes in favor, 39 against and 5 abstentions, the plenary session of Congress approved in the second vote to recompose the board of directors of Sunedu to incorporate representatives of public and private universities, and that the superintendent is no longer appointed by the Minister of Education, but by the members of the council.
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“Sineace reiterates its unfavorable opinion because it seriously affects the progress made by the university reform, it reduces the independence of the regulatory bodies, and through its second complementary, transitory and final provision, provides to return the validity to different articles of the law of Sineace that were repealed by the University Law, and that correspond to functions of extinct operating bodies”, remarked the entity.
Through a releasethe institution recalled that before the University LawSineace was made up of three operating bodies, whose boards included representatives from private and public universities selected by them.
“This system operated in a context declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court, who determined the need to have autonomous and technical bodies to carry out the supervision of the educational service. In July 2014, With the entry into force of the University Law, Sunedu was created as the public body in charge of licensing universities and the reorganization of Sineace was arranged”accurate.
Since then, he mentioned, Sineace has been operating based on current legal provisions, and its main functions are: accreditation, certification of professional skills, supervision and generation of relevant information for the community.
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“The current administration has been making structural changes in order to strengthen the assurance of educational quality through the articulation of licensing (basic quality conditions) with accreditation (high quality standards) by Sineace”he indicated.
Along these lines, Sineace affirmed that the The aforementioned legislative project seeks to reactivate the old structure of Sineace, which is incompatible with the current Organic Law of the Executive Branch.. “In addition, its approval did not follow the formal prior opinion channels of PCM and MEF required by current regulations; and it violates the provisions of Article 79 of the Political Constitution, which states that congressmen have no initiative to create or increase public spending”he added.
“We reaffirm that it is not pertinent to restore the validity of the repealed regulations of extinct bodies for more than 7 years, but rather to continue, at the legislative level, with the reorganization in terms of strengthening Sineacewhich has a key responsibility in improving the quality of the educational service together with Sunedu, in the university field, and with the Ministry of Education, in the field of technological, pedagogical, artistic higher education and technical-productive education ”narrowed down
What are the structural changes in the Sineace?
- The regulatory framework and the requirements that regulate the administrative procedures for accreditation and certification of professional skills were approved and strengthenedand the prevention of conflicts of interest.
- A new institutional accreditation model for licensed universities was approvedin accordance with the new basic quality conditions established by Sunedu.
- A professional skills certification scheme was established that privileges the generation of public value in certified people and in prioritized sectors (health and education), in accordance with national policies for higher education, competitiveness and productivity.
- The Supervision Directorate was implemented to guarantee compliance with the regulatory frameworkwhose main function is to combat illegal practices that have been occurring by unauthorized or authorized private individuals who carry out activities related to accreditation in the country.
What function does Sunedu and Sineace fulfill?
Both the Sunedu As the Sinaceboth attached to Ministry of Education (Minedu)have among their functions to guarantee young people access to a quality university education and, in this way, improve their professional skills.
The discharge in Peru, it seeks that universities comply with the basic inputs and conditions to be able to operate and provide a quality educational service. This work is in charge of Sunedu.
Meanwhile, once the university meets the minimum requirements, the great challenge in the higher education system is how to foster a culture of self-assessment and continuous improvement in order to ensure that institutions are better year after year for their students and teachers. . Who measures that effort is the Sinacethrough the accreditation.
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