National Counci l for Higher Education (Nche) has shut down 17 institutions of higher learning for operating illegally.
Nche Chief Executive Officer, Ignacio Jimu, said Sunday that the schools have been notified to either close down or seek registration with Nche or any other competent tertiary education regulator.
“The schools were informed that by December 31, they should stop operating or they should register because we noted some of them were not even registered with Nche or Tevata. So we have mentioned in a statement that pretending to offer higher education in Malawi without the authority of the council is a crime, and that message has been delivered to them. If they flout that, the council can even take the matter to court. That is when we go back and find that they are still operating, we will use the legal option,” Jimu said.
Some of the schools that have been shut down include Share World Open University—Mzuzu branch, Skyway University Mzuzu branch, Western University, Beston University, Karonga University, among others.
Share World Open University Vice Chancellor, Theodora Mapemba, neither denied nor confirmed receiving the notice from the council.
Apart from closing down some institutions, the council has also resolved not to accredit some institutions for failing an assessment for accreditation among other reasons.
Some of the schools include Blantyre International University (BIU), Exploits University and Unicaf University
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