25th March 2020 | Press Release

TEC TO CLAMP DOWN ON ILLEGAL INSTITUTIONS SIGNS MOU WITH POLICE

The Tertiary Education commission (TEC) is poised to tame illegal tertiary institutions and those legally registered that have not been complying with the rules and regulations governing their existence.  The Commission on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sierra Leone police Force that will ensure an effective collaboration in helping the TEC to carry out its functions for the benefit of the nation.  The commission and the Force agreed to achieve the following objectives: build effective synergies to ensure that the TEC is able to carry out its mandate which include the closing down of Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) operating  illegally, revoking of licenses of TEIs that refuse to adhere to the rules and regulations of the Commission; Monitor the activities of tertiary institutions to determine compliance with the laws, and undertake enforcement actions where necessary; and Share information and knowledge on establishment and approval of tertiary institutions and develop pathways for compliance and enforcement of the legal and regulatory framework on them.

Chairman of TEC, Professor Aliyageen M. Alghali said one of their mandates to regulate and monitor tertiary institutions in the country, and added that there are a good number of tertiary institutions that have been operating illegally over the years.

“This is why we want the police to help us ensure that tertiary institutions operate in conformity with the laws of the country,” the Chairman said and furthered that they have chased institutions over the years to comply but they sometimes face resistance, which is why they need the police to help with law enforcement aspect.

The MOU, which takes effect on 2nd September 2020 will ensure the closing down of tertiary institutions operating illegally, and evoke the licenses and enforce the law.

The Inspector-General of police, Ambrose M. Sovula said the MOU has come at the right time because Sierra Leone has been suffering from what he referred to as educational bad governance.

“There have been educational malpractices from lower to higher level education,” he said and added that the MOU will bring both parties together to checkmate bad practices that bring about fake educational institutions.  “It will transform the education sector to have good institutions,” IGP Sovula said and noted that the Sierra Leone Police has the mandate to enforce all rules and regulations governing government institutions.  He called for a review of the TEC Act to ensure that laws for punishment are prescribed for action.  “This will enable us to bring sanity to educational institutions,” IG Sovula said.

The Sierra Leone Police Legal Representative Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Joan Bull served as a key facilitator in drafting the MOU.

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