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The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ) have moved the date for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to 22nd May, 2018.

The MOU, which will establish the manner in which the institutions interact with respect to the evaluation of the provision of training in education institutions, is further set to lay ground work for the interrogation of the situation that has prevailed with colleges of education following HEA’s upholding of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013’s none provision for affiliation between institutions providing higher education and private Higher Education Institution (HEI).

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This article was written on 9th May, 2018, by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Officer.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has announced that it has planned audits for 2018 for all Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Zambia.

The audits are intended to ascertain the continued compliance to higher education standards by the HEIs and will signal the first step in the process of classifying HEIs into four (4) Tiers, according to how they satisfy the audits.

HEA Director General, Professor Stephen Simukanga, made this known during a media briefing at which he announced the deregistration of Alliance International University from operating as an HEI after it failed a second audit. The institution was registered in February, 2016, with a Registration No. HEA/002, to offer Open and Distance Learning.

Professor Simukanga said that the Authority was left with no other option but to deregister the institution in order to protect the public from an institution that was committed to the provision of substandard quality even after multiple considerable attempts to rectify its course.

Following the audits on the institution, and in accordance with and pursuant to Part IV: Section 23 of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013, the institution was on 27th March, 2018, deregistered with the Authority.

The final audit revealed that the institution failed to address the following key areas for the proper function of a HEI:

1. Governance and Management: Key institution officers were not formally appointed.
2. Staffing and Training: There was no evidence of staff appointments or recruitment documentation.
3. Technological Infrastructure: Systems had not been established and no evidence of subscription to e-journals was provided.
4. Academic Programmes: There were no documents or establishment showing leaner support. In addition, there were no progression regulations for the online learning made.

Therefore, the institution has been directed to stop ALL operations and was given seven (7) days to surrender the original certificate of registration to the Authority or risk further action as stipulated by the Higher Education Act.

Therefore, as of 20th April, 2018, there were 60 registered HEIs. A complete list is available here.

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This article was written on 20th April, 2018, by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Officer.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has yet to grant permission to reopen 37 private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), following the cholera epidemic that prompted the Government of the Republic of Zambia to close down all HEIs before the beginning of the 2018 academic calendar.

However, over the past couple of weeks, private HEIs have been allowed to reopen and resume business as usual, only if they were cleared by the relevant public health departments of the Ministry of Health (MoH) or the Local Authorities.

Thus, the number of cleared HEIs now stands at 24, and includes Harvest University.

However, 37 private HEIs have yet to be issued with directives to reopen as they have not submitted to the Authority their inspection clearance certificates from MoH or Local Authorities. As such, these HEIs should effectively remain closed until the conditions for reopening as stimulated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) are satisfied. The HEIs that should remain closed are listed below. 

Moreover, HEA is appealing to the general public to report any of the listed HEI that is found operating, as the HEI doing so would have not been cleared to operate and, as such, might pose a grave health risk to the community and country, at large.

All correspondence with the HEA are confidential.

  1. Africa Christian University
  2. Alliance International University
  3. Cavendish University
  4. CHAZ University
  5. Chreso University
  6. Citizen University
  7. Copperstone University
  8. Damelin University
  9. Eastern University
  10. Foundation for Cross Cultural University
  11. Greenlight University
  12. Information and Communication University
  13. Institute of Management Studies
  14. John David University
  15. Justo Mwale University
  16. Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University
  17. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)
  18. MOSA University
  19. Oak University
  20. Pamodzi University
  21. Rockview University
  22. South Valley University
  23. Southern Acacia University
  24. Dominic’s Major Seminary
  25. Sunningdale University
  26. Supershine University
  27. The University of Barotseland
  28. Trans-Africa Christian University
  29. Trinity University
  30. Twin Palm Leadership University
  31. UNICAF (Zambia Limited) University
  32. University of Africa
  33. University of East and Southern Africa (UNESA)
  34. Victoria Falls University of Technology
  35. Zambian Christian University
  36. Zambian Open University
  37. Zambian Royal Medical University

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This article was written on 9th February, 2018, by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Officer.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has granted permission to 24 private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to reopen and resume business, following the cholera epidemic that prompted the Government of the Republic of Zambia, through Ministry of Health, to invoke the Public Health Act through the signing of Statutory Instrument (SI) 79.

The SI banned public gatherings, and, effectively, closed all HEIs in an effort to contain the epidemic, which, as of 2nd February, 2018, had caused a total number of 3,620 cumulative cases, and 73 deaths.

However, following the successful Government interventions in mitigating the epidemic, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) issued a directive that private HEIs could reopen only if they were cleared by the relevant public health departments of the Ministry of Health (MoH) or the Local Authorities.

To this effect, the following 24 listed private HEIs have been inspected by the Public Health Department of either the MoH or Local Authorities and have been found fit to reopen and operate as they have met the minimum Public Health Requirements for public gathering.

  1. Africa Research University
  2. Ambassador International University
  3. City University of Science and Technology
  4. DMI-St Eugene University – Woodlands Campus
  5. DMI-St Eugene, Chibombo Campus
  6. DMI-St Eugene, Chipata Campus
  7. Eden University
  8. Evangelical University
  9. Gideon Robert University
  10. Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM)
  11. Lusaka Apex Medical University
  12. Mansfield University
  13. Northrise University
  14. Paglory University
  15. Rusangu University
  16. Rusangu University Lusaka Campus
  17. Southern University
  18. Sylva University
  19. Texila American University
  20. United Church of Zambia University
  21. University of Lusaka
  22. University of Lusaka Leopards Hill Campus
  23. Zambia Catholic University
  24. ZCAS University

The institutions have, however, been advised to maintain high levels of hygiene.

HEA has, thus, issued the named HEIs with directives to reopen and commence with their 2018 academic year.

Moreover, HEA is appealing to the general public to report any HEI that is not listed above but is found operating, as the HEI doing so would have not been cleared to operate and, as such, might pose a grave health risk to the community and country, at large.

All correspondence with the HEA are confidential.

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This article was written on 2nd February, 2018, by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Officer.

*Other information in the article retrieved from www.times.co.zm/

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has granted permission to ONLY four (4) Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to reopen today, Monday, 22nd January, 2018.

As of 10am on Monday, 22ndDecember, 2018, only DMI St Eugene Chibombo and Chipata Campuses, Evangelical and Northrise Universities had been verified by the Authority to have passed the inspections administered by the relevant public health departments of the Ministry of Health (MoH) or the Local Authorities.

The Authority is warning stern and swift action to any HEI that will resume operations without being given a written directive to do so post inspections from the relevant public health departments of the MoH or the Local Authorities.

This is in following the directive issued by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) that private HEIs could only reopen on 22nd January, 2018, if they were cleared by the relevant public health departments of the MoH or the Local Authorities

The Authority will continue to update this article with the names of HEIs allowed to operate as throughout the day, and as information is received, accordingly.

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This article was written by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Officer.

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)
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The Higher Education Authority (HEA) will in a fortnight deregister a couple of private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Speaking in an interview with the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), HEA Director General, Professor Stephen Simukanga, said that the Authority was in the final stages of deregistering a couple of HEIs that have been found wanting.

“Through the auditing process of HEIs that we have embarked on, we have found these HEIs to be wanting and, as such, we shall be deregistering them forthwith to ensure quality in higher education in Zambia,” Professor Simukanga said.

Under the Higher Education Act No.4 of 2013 Part IV Section 23 (1), the Authority has the power to deregister and order the closure of any private HEI if, amongst others, the HEI contravenes any provision of the Higher Education Act.

Furthermore, in the same Section, the Act clearly states that contravening the HEA’s mandate by operating a deregistered private HEI is an offence with a liability of imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.

Currently, the number of private HEIs stand at 61, and the complete list of these institutions can be found here.

The Director General further added that the Authority will increase its inspection of HEIs in 2018, as the Authority will be recruiting Inspectors that will be going around to HEIs unannounced to ensure that standards are maintained and adhered to by all HEIs. These Inspectors will visit, unannounced, institutions that the public have flagged as suspect through complaints and submissions to the Authority.

Professor Simukanga stated that his measure of employing Inspectors, coupled with the auditing of HEIs will bring an end of the operation of fraudulent institutions offering fake qualifications, commonly known as “Matero University.”

Professor Simukanga was being interviewed for ZNBC's Your Platform by Effie Mpande, which will air on Tuesday, 26th December, 2017, at 14:10hrs. Don’t miss the full interview.

 

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Minister of higher Education Nkandu Luo says there is need to implement academic programs that support the country’s industries and in line with vision of the government.

Professor Luo says in order for government to achieve its vision of industrialization there is need for qualified manpower.

She said this when she met a Russian delegation that called on her at her office.

Professor Luo commended the Russian Government for its support to the ministry of higher education and the Copperbelt university.

And professor Luo said there is need to grow capacity with the local people so that they are able to empower so that they can acquire expertise in various fields such as the construction of roads and rail ways.

And RUDN University Advisor to the Vice Rector for international relations Masamba Kah says the university’s intention is to make CBU a technological centre.

Government says the construction of the Frederick Chiluba University in Luapula Province will start next month.

Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo told ZNBC News in an interview at her office that the contractor is only waiting for the environmental assessment certificate from the Zambia Environmental Management Authority-ZEMA for works to start.

She says the works were initially supposed to commence this August but were delayed because ZEMA was still concluding its report on environmental impact.

And commenting on the number of students stranded in India, professor Luo said government has requested Zambian embassies in different countries to take inventory of students who are not on government sponsorship.

She said it has come to her attention that in China alone there are more than three thousand students studying on self-sponsorship compared to the three hundred on government bursary.

Professor Luo has since urged parents with students abroad to register them with her Ministry and relevant embassies.

Meanwhile, Barclays Bank has released three point Two Million Kwacha to sponsor over hundred students in tertiary education.

Barclays Bank Managing Director Mizinga Melu says the bank is working with the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Community Development and Social Services in identifying vulnerable young people to benefit from the programme.

And Minster of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo has expressed happiness that the programme is reinforcing government’s vision in transforming the educational sector.

Professor LUO said this during the launch of Barclays Bank scholarship programme for tertiary education in Lusaka.

Government says it has put strategies in place to increase access to quality education at all levels in the education system.

Minister of General Education Dennis Wanchinga says increased access to education and enhanced learning achievements is key to improving the earning power and living standards of citizens.

Speaking in a speech read on his behalf by his Permanent Secretary Henry Tukombe during the opening of the Examination Council of Zambia Service Centre in Mpika yesterday, Dr. Wanchinga said the interventions have resulted in increased candidature for ECZ examinations at Grades 7, 9 and 12.

Dr. Wanchinga has noted that decentralization of service provision by the ECZ is directly addressing the challenges of access.

The Minister further observed that the establishment of the ECZ service centers signifies timely response by the council to the Growth of the school population in the country.

And speaking earlier, ECZ Chairperson Samuel Banda said the establishment of the Mpika service centre will remove the burden on residents who in the past used to travel to Lusaka to access ECZ services.

Professor Banda said the centre will service all ECZ related queries for residents in Muchinga and Northern Provinces.

He urged residents in the two provinces to take advantage of the centre to access services offered by the ECZ.

And Professor Banda has appealed to the residents to report any suspected cases of malpractice to the centre.

He said any case of examination malpractice that goes unreported affects the integrity and quality of leaders the country will produce.

Professor Banda noted that tempering with examinations at any level of education will also affect the country’s development.

And Mpika secondary school for boys Head Teacher Lillian Changwe has thanked Government and the ECZ for considering Mpika to house the service centred Delivering a vote of thanks on behalf of Northern and Muchinga provinces, Mrs. Changwe said the establishment of the centre will go a long way in addressing the many concerns from learners and other people

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