Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo
Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo

Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo has said that the confusion that involved the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on the conduct of medical programmes at the Copperbelt University was as a result of miscommunication between the two institutions.

Early this month, the Higher Education Authority overruled the Health Professions Council of Zambia’s suspension of three medical programmes at CBU for failure to meet set standards in accordance with the health profession Act.

Professor Luo has however, told Parliament that her ministry is in the process of engaging the Ministry of justice to seek help on setting operation boundaries for the two institutions.

She has also stated that her Ministry will work with the HPCZ to ensure that quality standards are maintained in institutions providing medical training programmes.

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  1. Under which statutory instrument of the laws of zambia does the HPCZ operate as we would like to read and understand and apreciate its mandate . What cap of the laws of Zambia?

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  2. Timely intervention by Professor, the honorable minister. The professor understands health issues because of the medical career. The professor also understands issues because of experience in higher education generally and universities in particular. Stakeholders must be involved but the media can be kept out of technical discussions. Public institutions must operate in harmony. They exist to promote well being of the the countrymen and countrywomen.

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  3. HPCZ is not above university.

    Its not a academic institution

    Am a non partisan political consultant

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  4. Closing and or stoping universities from operating programmes midway through term/semester has a potential to frustrate and incite the students negatively. That is why we are asking to be educated on the legal statues enshrined in our Zambian laws that empowers HPCZ to do its work.

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  5. LET ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS RUN INDEPENDENTLY NO INTERFERANCE. MR. LUO GO AND THINK OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING. U HAVE CAUSED MORE DAMAGES TO THE INSTITUTIONS. LET THE HPCZ AND HEA WORK INDEPENDENTLY. WHY POPPING YOUR LIPS AND NOSE. YOU,FAILED TO RUN TASITHA PROGRAMME. DO WE EVEN HEAR IT ANYMORE MAYO?

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  6. Tasintha was a life-changing programme which was not meant to last forever, as the name suggests. It was meant to train some women who relied on prostitution and after changing their behavior, they were supposed to be empowered and later they were supposed to spread that to other similar women. In short, it ran for a period it was intended to.

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  7. Why the Ministry of Justice, it would made sense if she said the courts. What exactly is the Ministry of Justice going to do, File and injunction?

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  8. Government creates different bodies who have no idea of their mandate hence the confusion. Just look at ministry of religious affairs no idea what to do so always poking their nose in other ministries.

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