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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Citizen University, Pamodzi University and University of East and Southern Africa shut for illegal operations

General News Citizen University, Pamodzi University and University of East and Southern Africa shut...

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has with immediate effect banned Citizen University, Pamodzi University, and University of East and Southern Africa from operating as Higher Education Institutions within the Republic of Zambia.

The deregisteration is in accordance with the provisions of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013.

These deregistered institutions have since been gazetted in Gazette Notice No. 27 of 2020, which was published on Friday, 10th January, 2020.

Higher Education Authority Spokesman Birbal Musoba said this follows audits on the institutions.

“Citizen University was deregistered on 20th December, 2019, because the institution abrogated the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV Section 23 (1) (b) which mandates the Authority to deregister a private Higher Education Institution if the private Higher Education Institution contravenes any term or condition of the certificate of registration or any provision of the Higher Education Act,” Mr Musonda said.

He added, “Pamodzi University was deregistered on 20th December, 2019, because the institution abrogated the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV Section 23 (3) which mandates the Authority to order the closure of a private Higher Education Institution where its proprietor fails to take the remedial measures determined by the Authority under paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of the Higher Education Act.”

“University of East and Southern Africa was deregistered on 26th December, 2019, because the institution had been closed for a period exceeding six months, in accordance with the provisions of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV Section 23 (1) (e).”

He said the Institutions had been directed to stop all operations and were given seven days to surrender the original certificates of registration to the Authority or risk being liable, upon conviction, to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years, or to both.

“The deregistration of these institutions continues to exclaim that the Zambian government is committed to ensuring that only HEIs that meet the set standards in higher education are allowed to offer higher education in Zambia.”

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Too little, too late! What’s wrong with this country? First you ALLOW (by registration) bogus make-shift institutions masquerading as Universities. They go on to LEGALLY operate, before they are shut down. How stup.id is that!! Where have the so-called Higher Education Authority been when these FAKE UNIVERSITIES have been operating? SHAME.

    Currently there are way too many FAKE UNIVERSITIES dishing out all sorts of qualification, unfortunately including disciplines such as medicine! Some of these ‘universities are only operating because they have “connections”. It’s high time the government/ or whatever authority moved in on these fake universities to preserve credibility of our education system.

  2. In as much as I personally value education ,there is also need for order. This is a welcomed decision. A lot is happening in the news on my birthday. I would like to thank the lusaka times family for wishing me a special birthday via email. Kz

  3. What do I need to do to prove that is just me. Am not special. Is it such a shock for me to blog with fellow zambians. I am not untouchable. I am only human..kz

  4. Cave Hill.If the Bible is a book on cursing(Peter).Too Bad.The Bible says that the heathen should be driven out of the land.Peter Carlos Hinds.

  5. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is a joke of an institution.Why so?Look at the landscape of the Zambian education system today & see the proliferation of the so called universities,its a shame!!. There are academicians who are teaming up with people who are ” connected” & have money to quickly set up these universities to make money.These academicians are the authors of these ” business proposals”,which they now sell to the “connected” & those with money to exploit the unsuspecting public.These “tutemba” Universities are a scam & the HEA is responsible for these “Universities” on every street corner of Lusaka.

  6. Glad sanity slowly is being restored in higher education. We should support these efforts to clean up and only allow credible universities to operate in the sector. Please continue on this path. Kudos to PF government of ECL and ministry led by minister Mushimba and his team!

  7. There is a “university” which HEA approved to operate in a church which was partitioned into “lecture rooms”, & this is a christian nation!God is watching this evil bane.Money,money,money money the root of all evil!

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