Govt deregisters three universities flouting the law (See list)


The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has deregistered three universities for not adhering to the law.

Corporate Communications Officer, Bilbal Musoba, named the proscribed institutions as Africa Open University, Twin Palm Leadership University and University College of Central Africa.

Musoba said this was done in accordance with the provisions of the Higher Education Act No.4 of 2013.

This was also read with the Higher Education (Amendment) Act, 2021.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday, he said the deregistration of the named universities are with effect April 3, 2024.

“The specific grounds on which the institutions were deregistered were because they contravened the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV: Section 23,” Musoba said.

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He highlighted that the three higher institutions of learning failed to recruit adequate qualified lecturers and administrative staff and had inadequate teaching and learning facilities to support the learning programmes on offer.

Musoba added that the University College of Central Africa failed to operationalise the university within six months of registration and establish fixed premises for the operation of the university college.

“HEA is resolved to ensuring that there is no compromise in the adherence to set standards in order for the country to continue getting the espoused quality standards of higher education,” he said.

Musoba said that three higher institutions of learning were free to appeal the decision with the Minister of Education within 30 days.

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