All Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), both private and public, across the country will remain closed until further notice as an enforcement of Statutory Instrument (SI) 79, which restricts public gatherings in the wake of a severe Cholera outbreak.
The SI was invoked by the Minister of Health, Honourable Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, M.P., as a response to the Cholera outbreak in Lusaka District of Lusaka Province, the capital city of Zambia, where, as of 4th January, 2018, the outbreak had claimed the lives of 51 people, with a further 2, 148 cases recorded.
Acting Minister of Higher Education, and Minister of General Education, Honourable Dr. Dennis Wanchinga, M.P. has reiterated the directive, stating that all HEIs that are currently operating should close with immediate effect. He has sternly warned that any HEI that will violate the directive, thus endangering the lives of the Zambian populous, will be swiftly dealt with.
Furthermore, Higher Education Authority (HEA) Director General, Professor Stephen Simukanga, has said that, as a consequence of the SI, no HEIs will be allowed to resume their academic calendars beginning 8th January, 2018, as planned but updates on reopening will be communicated by 30th January, 2018, after the State has assessed how the outbreak will be contained.
For more information, please contact:
Birbal Boniface Musoba
Information, Education and Communication Officer
Higher Education Authority (HEA)
(+260) 97 500 2649