HEA Holds Consultation Workshops on Draft Statutory Instruments for Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) continued to hold its nationwide sensitisation and consultation workshops that are aimed at sensitising Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on the Higher Education (Amendment) Act, 2021, and consulting on the draft Statutory Instrument and Regulatory Impact Assessment.

From 15th to 17th March, 2022, HEA held the second in a series of five (5) workshops in Ndola at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. The workshop brought together representatives of HEIs from Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces.

Prof. Stephen Simukanga (standing), HEA Director-General and chair of the workshop, delivers opening remarks in the presence of the media.
In the picture, (L-R), Dr. Vitalicy Chifwepa, Director – Quality Assurance, HEA; Ms. Besnart Simunchembu, Principal Planning Officer in the Ministry of Education, representing the Director – Planning and Information in the Ministry of Education; and, Mr. Joseph Lange, Esq., Legal Counsel in the Ministry of Education.

The workshops will continue from 22nd – 25th March, 2022, in Mpika, Muchinga Province, which will target representatives of HEIs from Muchinga, Luapula, Northern and Central Provinces.

The Higher Education (Amendment) Act, 2021, has expanded the Authority’s mandate and, as such, HEA has embarked on these sensitisation workshops in order to inform all the HEIs on the status quo of the higher education subsector as a result of the Amendment Act.

Furthermore, the Higher Education (Amendment) Act, 2021, has brought colleges that were previously regulated by other bodies under the oversight of the Authority. Thus, HEA is using these series of workshops to sensitise these colleges about the its mandate and operations.

Moreover, in order to operationalise the Higher Education (Amendment) Act, 2021, HEA has been facilitating, for the Ministry of Education, the development of a Statutory Instrument by the Ministry of Justice. Thus, the Authority is consulting all stakeholders on the Statutory Instrument and its implications.

Additionally, the Regulatory Impact Assessment analysed the challenges that required to be addressed by the Statutory Instrument and why Government action was needed.

Participants of the workshop and the media follow listen to Prof. Simukanga’s opening remarks.

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