The Higher Education Authority (HEA) yesterday conducted a joint inspection with the Lusaka City Council of the allegedly illegally operating Oak University Salam Park Campus.
The Authority and the Council were acting on public concerns that have been raised about the campus.
However, it should be clarified that Oak University, registration number HEA/020, is a registered Higher Education Institution (HEI) to only operate at the campus on 3rd Floor, Provident House, Cairo Road, Lusaka.
Nevertheless, the HEI has been said to have illegally opened another campus in Salama Park and has enrolled students, offering them scholarships and classes in Natural Sciences.
Speaking during the inspection, HEA Manager – Standards, Research and Institutional Audits, Dr. Orleans Mfune, emphasised that the Lusaka City Council are the custodians of public health.
“When we are inspecting a campus (for registration), we always ask before a campus moves there (to new premises) … to see that they have obtained the health certificate from the Council (and) have obtained a fire certificate,” Dr. Mfune said.
Dr. Mfune further stated that before any campus begins to operate, all relevant procedures have to be followed, adding that only once all these procedures are exhausted is when approval is given for the campus to begin operating.
HEA and Lusaka City Council will soon release a joint statement on their findings of their inspection of Oak University Salama Park campus.
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