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HEA Directs HEIs to Stop Using Primary and Secondary Facilities in Higher Education Featured

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has directed all registered Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to stop, with immediate effect, using primary and secondary school premises for higher education.

HEA issued this directive to HEIs following inspections that it carried out on various registered HEIs that had shown a growing trend towards the use of primary and secondary school structures that do not provide for suitable furniture and infrastructure for use in higher education.

In its directive, the Authority noted that primary and secondary school facilities were designed to suit the age and tuition needs of learners who were to attend primary and secondary schools and not HEI level students.

Furthermore, the appropriateness of the premises is clearly stipulated in the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV Section 20 (b) and (i) which state that the premises of the private HEIs and any hostel or other facilities provided or to be provided at the private HEI should be suitable and adequate having regard to the number, age and gender of the learners who are to attend the institution, and, that the facilities to be used at the private HEI allows satisfactory tuition in the courses to be offered. 

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