The registration of HEIs
under this Act only applies to private HEIs
, as public HEIs are established, by statutory instrument, by the Minister of Higher Education. Thus, private HEIs are only registered once they satisfy the criteria that has been set for registration, which include Governance and Management, Academic Programmes, Student Admission and Learner support, Staff, Physical Infrastructure, Financial Resources, and Health and safety.
Therefore, consequently, a person operating an HEI that is not registered with the HEA commits an offence and is liable, upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding one million penalty units or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years, or to both.
All HEIs are required by Law to be registered by the HEA as this begins the first step in quality assurance of the HEI, which includes institutional audits and physical inspection of the HEI’s premises.
Thus, before a programme is offered by a registered higher education institution, it must be accredited with the Authority to ensure that it meets minimum standards. It is an offence to offer unaccredited learning programmes to students as their qualifications will not be recognised by the Zambia Qualifications Authority. Similarly, penalties apply if programmes are offered without accreditation.
About HEA: The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is a grant aided institution established under the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013. It was established to ensure quality of delivery of services by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs
). The HEA is managed by a Board. Board members are drawn from Government, Civil Society and Professional Bodies.
For more information, please contact:
Birbal Boniface Musoba
Information, Education and Communication Officer
Higher Education Authority (HEA)
(+260) 97 500 2649