Thus, this brings into one document all the requirements necessary for the registration process in an effort to expedite the registration of HEIs in accordance with the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013.
The higher education sector is a regulated sector which requires any institution which has registered with the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) to further register with HEA, in accordance with the provisions of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV Section 15 (1) which states that a person shall not operate a private higher education institution unless the private higher education institution is registered under this (Higher Education) Act.
Moreover, HEA has continued working with PACRA to identify and track down ALL institutions that have registered with PACRA as “Universities” or providers of higher education in Zambia but that have not registered with HEA. Thus, accordingly and without prejudice, HEA will apply on those institutions found wanting the full measures of the Law.
The Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV Section 15 (2) states that a person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable, upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding one million penalty units or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years, or to both.
Applying the full measure of the Law will allow HEA to ensure quality is maintained in higher education in Zambia, thus, guaranteeing for the labour market and industry that the graduates HEIs produce, from both Private and Public HEIs, are ready, capable and the relevant resources needed for continued and sustained economic development.
HEA is, therefore, urging all institutions that have registered with PACRA but have not yet registered with the higher education regulatory authority to cease with immediate effect all, if at all, operations until such a point that their registration is concluded with the issuance of a certificate of registration in the prescribed form.
Consequently, the ceasing of operations for the unregistered institutions purporting to be HEIs extends to ceasing the advertising of the institutions as HEIs. Thus, any institution contravening this should retract from the media and public domain all such impressions purporting it to be an HEI until such a time that it is fully registered as one.
HEA will in the coming weeks publish the names and addresses of all institutions that are not registered HEIs to warn the public. Thus, institutions registered with PACRA as “Universities” are encouraged to contact HEA before the publication.
This article was written on 18th September, 2018, by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Corporate Communications Officer.