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TEVETA Director General told to correct the impression that he has suspended some Universities

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Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training
Authority Director General David Chakonta (right), Kabwata member of
Parliament Given Lubinda (centre) and Russian Ambassador to Zambia
Konstantin Kozhanov applaud Zambian students who were displaying their
skills in speaking Russian at a send-off ceremony of 127 students
scheduled to leave for studies at various Russian universities. The
ceremony was held at the Russian embassy in Lusaka recently
Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) Vice Chancellor Patrick Kalifungwa has given the Technical Education, Vocation and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) Director General David Chakonta two days to retract his statement on the de-registration of the university or face legal action.

Professor Kalifungwa says the university is registered to offer academic degrees under the Ministry of Higher Education and regulated by the Higher Education Authority and not TEVETA.

He says it misleading and mischievous for TEVETA to misinform the public with unfounded and incorrect information about LIUTEBM.

Professor Kalifungwa says the misinformation has caused a lot of misgiving and emotional pain to the Universitym, current, past, future students and professionals.
He adds that the reputation of the University has also suffered tremendous distress and pain.

And Cavendish University Zambia has dismissed media reports suggesting that the university has been shut down.

According to newspaper reports, the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) deregistered Cavendish University for not complying with TEVETA standards.

But Cavendish University Vice Chancellor, Professor Mutale Musonda says the university does not offer technical or vocational programmes and is therefore not regulated by TEVETA.

Professor Musonda says the university is registered under the Higher Education Authority and not TEVETA.

He has advised all students that the university will resume residential classes for distant students on July 10 while full and part time students will resume lessons on July 24,2017.

Yesterday , at a media breakfast, TEVETA announced that it had deregistered 32 institutions from undertaking its programmes for failure to maintain minimum training standards.

TEVETA director general David Chakonta said the authority deregistered Cavendish University, Evergreen Institute of Commercial Management and Industrial Arts, Young Men’s Christian Association Youth Development Training Centre, and SBM & EJS Change Academy.

Others are Copperbelt International College, Kara Counseling and Training Centre – Umoyo Training Centre, Lafe Hotel Training Centre, as well as Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management among others.

Mr Chakonta said the colleges were deregistered because of their failure to meet the minimum training standards in accordance with the provisions of the TEVET Act number 13 such as having under-qualified trainers.

“Most of these institutions did not have adequate infrastructure, equipment and workshops since TEVET combines theory and practice,” Mr Chakonta said.

He said some of the colleges lacked a credible management system that merited training.

Meanwhile, Mr Chakonta said the authority was concerned about the skills gaps between industry and graduates.

He said there was need to have skills experts in curriculum development in order to address the challenge.

Mr Chakonta said the Government introduced basic technical schools that would help in adapting with the new curriculum, and TEVETA would start examining from grade nine.

The Government has shifted from not just providing technical and vocational training but add business training to enable graduates run their own businesses.

Mr Chakonta said the authority was also given 168 schools across the country to address gender participation in Science.
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22 COMMENTS

  1. Before de-registering an institution what as TEVETA done to improve accreditation. Always showing a whip and never hugs. When are we going to learn to build and not destroy Zambia?

    • They are the wrong body to comment on the registration of universities. They handle training institutions lower than that. What they can only do is withdraw accreditation for some courses offered by universities. Unless a university only offers TEVETA courses, then it would be effectively not running. It is like Engen saying they are no longer giving fuel to a company on credit and then they announce that the company will no longer be operation! Well, there are other suppliers of products or services to turn to. Also, if negotiations are successful, the arrangement can be reinstated.

  2. In Zambia confusion everyday. Teveta itself employs a lot of mugs, under qualified scumbags. The entire nation has become one big sh!thole.

  3. Before Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM)’s Vice Chancellor and so- called Professor, Patrick Kalifungwa, issues the two days ultimatum to TEVETA to retract the statement on the de-registration of LIUTEBM, let him answer the following questions:
    1. When and where did he obtain his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees?
    2. Which university conferred the professorship on him?
    3. How many permanent members of staff, with their qualifications – particularly doctorates, does his university employ?
    4. Since his university offers o many advanced scientific, engineering, and technological programs, how many state of art laboratories does his university have?

    • Facts you can read professor Kalifungwa’s academic achievements on linkedin, he is a distinguished academician and has won many European awards. Learn to read before u make silly comments about someone

    • B and Brown Envelope,

      Before making deprecating statements about me, let me inform you that I know Mr. Patrick Kalifungwa better than you think. In case you don’t know, Mr. Kalifungwa doesn’t even possess a Bachelor’s degree. This, in itself, would automatically disqualify him from being a lecturer at any respectable university. Instead, he has one of those MBA qualifications from the UK which does not require a Bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. At one time, Mr. Kalifungwa attempted a PhD at Zambia Open University under the supervision of the late Professor John Ngwisha. He couldn’t go very in this because of significant deficiencies on his part. The Linked site you are referring to actually confirms his inadequacy to qualify as lecturer at our local universities like UNZA, CBU,…

    • i am so shocked that you dont know Prof Kalifungwa; may be you are not in Zambia; i get you. but to help you, please dont question his academic prowess, question his institution? he’s a professional , you can google his achievements sir/madam.

    • PULOFET ABA,

      Here is some information I got after I googled:

      Mr. Patrick Kalifungwa is a D.Phil. in Business Research Candidate. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from The American University, USA, an MBA from The University of Lincolnshire, UK, a Master of Science in Management from the University of Glamorgan, Wales as well as a Diploma in Management from the Association of Business Execs. Mr. Kalifungwa has sat as the Deputy Minister of Finance for Zambia as well as being the Cabinet Minister for Natural Resources.

    • He is the Vice Chancellor and Founder of Livingston University of Tourism, Zambia and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Cavendish University, Zambia. Professionally, he has held the positions of CEO, Chairman and Consultant at various companies as well as holding the Chair at international conferences. He is professionally affiliated to the Zambia Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Association of Business Executives and also involved in charitable organizations and has served as Chairman of the Association of Round Table in Zambia as well as on a number of boards.

    • Surely if we are serious about maintaining high standards in our universities in Zambia, is this a man who qualifies as an eminent and distinguished scholar? One who is still a PhD candidate but parades himself as a professor? Do you guys know what it takes to attain a genuine doctorate and to be elevated to professorship? Let us not dilute standards in our country; let us maintain universal standards that in tune with those in reputable universities in the rest of the world.

  4. @B-thanks for the response. Facts can’t even Google to get info about the professor. Ba TEVETA don’t know where there line is drawn. How do you deregister an institution you didn’t register? Remove that guy in charge. He is a disgrace

    • B and Brown Envelope,

      Before making deprecating statements about me, let me inform you that I know Mr. Patrick Kalifungwa better than you think. In case you don’t know, Mr. Kalifungwa doesn’t even possess a Bachelor’s degree. This, in itself, would automatically disqualify him from being a lecturer at any respectable university. Instead, he has one of those MBA qualifications from the UK which does not require a Bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. At one time, Mr. Kalifungwa attempted a PhD at Zambia Open University under the supervision of the late Professor John Ngwisha. He couldn’t go very in this because of significant deficiencies on his part. The Linked site you are referring to actually confirms his inadequacy to qualify as lecturer at our local universities like UNZA, CBU,…

  5. HEY! fire this guy he doesnt know his limits. my teacher Mr. musakuzi at Mukuba always said “my dear little knowledge is dangerous ” he suffers from little knowledge actually not him alone but all of them because they had a meeting before resorting to this. sack all of them. the problem with zambians is tribal even when some doesnt have the required qualifications as long as they belong to that group they find themselves to be managers and hods. no people jobs should be on merits and not on wako niwako we are killing our nation. the same institution i think should be investigated we have seen cases whereby some fails one of their subjects and he is suppose to rewrite but that person found employment at sadvic they changed the papers from failure to pass . they are as corrupt as…

  6. May be he spoke to impress his appointing authorities and then started mistakes. The only other way would be that he was speaking while drunk and didn’t know what he was saying.

    • B and Brown Envelope and Egwugwu,

      Before making deprecating statements about me, let me inform you that I know Mr. Patrick Kalifungwa better than you think. In case you don’t know, Mr. Kalifungwa doesn’t even possess a Bachelor’s degree. This, in itself, would automatically disqualify him from being a lecturer at any respectable university. Instead, he has one of those MBA qualifications from the UK which does not require a Bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. At one time, Mr. Kalifungwa attempted a PhD at Zambia Open University under the supervision of the late Professor John Ngwisha. He couldn’t go very in this because of significant deficiencies on his part. The Linked site you are referring to actually confirms his inadequacy to qualify as lecturer at our local universities like…

  7. If they are registered under the Higher Education Act as Mr. Kalifungwa says, then why does their website say this?

    “Thus while it originally seeks to be registered in Zambia under the Education Act, CAP 136 of the Laws of Zambia, as a center of higher education in the tourism industry as well as to be incoporated as a private University under the Companies Act, CAP 388 of the Laws of Zambia, it will also seek to be registered progressively along the same lines in all countries in the region comprising its service area.”

    Something fishy going on here!

  8. Good move by TEVETA (assuming the closures were done within their mandate); but the cleaning should have started with GRZ run colleges. Most of the so called lecturers in these institutions have pathetic credentials.

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