‘Backyard’ universities, colleges face closure


Institutions of higher learning that will be found to be sub-standard following the review process which ended on 30th September, 2016 face closure, says the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

In an interview with the Daily Nation, HEA director general Stephen Simukanga maintained that the authority would close down any institution of higher learning that did not meet the set standards.

Prof Simukanga said that all institutions had submitted their lecturing materials and other requirements and that the authority was currently in the process of reviewing the materials.

He expressed confidence that the review process would be completed by the end of this month, and then the authority would shut down institutions which would not meet the set standards.

Prof Simukanga urged all institutions of higher learning to ensure that they operated within the set standards.

We warned all the institutions of higher learning that we would close down any institution that did not meet our set standards. They all submitted their materials and now we are in the process of scrutinising each institution, making sure that they meet the standards. The process will be completed by 30th September and all those found wanting would be shut down immediately,’’ he said.

Prof Simukanga assured that the authority was committed to ensuring that institutions of higher learning were of international standard, with professional human resource.

He also warned higher learning institutions that offered courses that were not ascribed to the authority would not be suitable for continuous operations until they were accredited.

Prof Simukanga said that the regulations that had been put in place would restore sanity in the education sector.

He appealed to all higher learning institution to co-operate with the authority to avoid closure.

The Higher Education Authority is a grant aided institution established under the Higher Education Act no. 4 of 2013, which was established to ensure quality of delivery of services by higher education institutions.

The functions of the authority are to register and accredit courses offered, and ensure quality in universities and colleges.China builds

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