UNI­VER­SI­TIES IN SHAKE UP …lowly qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers dropped

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN­NIE MUNDANDO

There is no way peo­ple with low and in­ap­pro­pri­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions can be bosses to highly qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers. In a uni­ver­sity, qual­i­fi­ca­tions mat­ter. It’s like in the mil­i­tary. A lower rank can’t com­mand a se­nior rank and that is why ZCAS has em­barked on this se­ri­ous trans­for­ma­tion

AMAJOR shake-up in both pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties has be­gun af­ter the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Author­ity (HEA) set preq­ui­sites for ac­cred­it­ing pro­grammes in such ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, among them, a min­i­mum re­quire­ment that all lec­tur­ers must hold mas­ter’s de­grees. The de­grees must also be in rel­e­vant spe­cial­i­ties to fa­cil­i­tate schol­ar­ship and re­search. It has also been learnt that the Zam­bia Cen­tre for Accountancy Stud­ies (ZCAS) Uni­ver­sity has re­vised its cri­te­ria for ap­point­ment and pro­mo­tion of aca­demic staff to meet the pre­req­ui­sites set by HEA. Ac­cord­ing to the new guide­lines ob­tained by the Daily Na­tion, for any­one to be con­sid­ered as a lec­turer at the in­sti­tu­tion, one must have a bach­e­lor’s de­gree at credit or bet­ter or mas­ter’s de­gree in the same field as the bach­e­lor’s de­gree earned. In its quest to main­tain a high standard and meet HEA re­quire­ments, the uni­ver­sity this year ap­pointed for­mer Cop­per­belt Uni­ver­sity Vice Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Mu­tale Mu­sonda as its Vice Chan­cel­lor while for­mer deputy reg­is­trar at the Uni­ver­sity of Zam­bia coun­cil, Jac­que­line Chik­wama was ap­pointed as its reg­is­trar. Other af­fected uni­ver­si­ties are Mukuba and Chal­im­bana as well as NIPA which has uni­ver­sity sta­tus. Prof Mu­sonda and Ms. Chik­wama’s ap­point­ments were aimed at im­ple­ment­ing the full trans­for­ma­tion of ZCAS into a uni­ver­sity. “The Vice Chan­cel­lor and Reg­is­trar were re­cruited this year to come and im­ple­ment the full trans­for­ma­tion of ZCAS into a uni­ver­sity. They both have rel­e­vant and timely ex­pe­ri­ence un­like a sit­u­a­tion where most di­rec­tors have no bach­e­lor's de­grees and lack uni­ver­sity man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence. “There is no way peo­ple with low and in­ap­pro­pri­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions can be bosses to highly qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers. In a uni­ver­sity, qual­i­fi­ca­tions mat­ter. It's like in the mil­i­tary. A lower rank can't com­mand a se­nior rank and that is why ZCAS has em­barked on this se­ri­ous trans­for­ma­tion,” a source at the uni­ver­sity said. This fol­lows the trans­for­ma­tion of Kwame Nkrumah Uni­ver­sity in Kabwe by Mu­lun­gushi Uni­ver­sity Vice-Chan­cel­lor Prof Hel­l­icy Ng'ambi who sur­ren­dered all un­qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers to the Min­istry of Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion for de­ploy­ment into sec­ondary schools and col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion. She ad­ver­tised all po­si­tions which have now been filled by qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers. Un­qual­i­fied and in­ex­pe­ri­enced Kwame Nkrumah Uni­ver­sity prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers were also dropped from their po­si­tions. At Mukuba Uni­ver­sity, the Cop­per­belt-based uni­ver­sity has dropped all un­qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers and prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers. At Chal­im­bana Uni­ver­sity, UNZA is also ef­fect­ing the trans­for­ma­tion us­ing HEA guide­lines. NIPA, which has uni­ver­sity sta­tus, is re­struc­tur­ing and re­cently dropped lowly qual­i­fied di­rec­tors and re­placed them with ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied per­son­nel with PhDs. It is re­ported that NIPA will soon pro­ceed to re­struc­ture the lec­tur­ing staff ac­cord­ing to the HEA guide­lines.

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