The National Council of Higher education has accredited the East African School of Taxation (EAST) to offer diplomas in various programmes.
This means that the Kampala based institution can now offer a wide range of courses on specific or related tax matters without getting into trouble with the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE)—the industry regulator.
Among the courses that will now be taught is a Diploma in Income Tax and Revenue Administration, which is not only one of the most-sought after course, but also the institution’s flagship course.
“We were accredited by the NCHE in December last year and with that, we can now offer up to two-year courses in tax matters,” the executive director of EAST, Mr Godfrey Akena, told the Daily Monitor while showing a copy of the accreditation letter.
According to Mr Akena, its flagship course is the first of its kind in East Africa with training of personnel in the field of tax auditing and revenue administration, among other courses.
The chairperson of the institution’s board of governors, Dr Simon Kagugube, said in a statement the taxation school will not only offer unique and relevant programmes, but also focus on the development of the taxation industry, particularly in areas of research and consultancies.
The national tax prefects are upbeat about the development, saying establishment of tax schools will enhance tax compliance—probably not in the short term but in the future.