Clarification on the Misleading Information Regarding Closure of 2020 Academic Year

Professor Fr. Jan Czuba

On behalf of the Minister and the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), we would like to advise our colleagues and our dear students in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to be very vigilant concerning information spread across Social Media (Facebook).

We currently have a situation where someone irresponsible is circulating false information that the Department is recommending closure of the academic year. This information is ethically and legally wrong and we regret that some people are trying to destabilize the peace and harmony during this State of Emergency.

Please be advised that the Department’s position is to resume the academic year. I have written letters addressed to the Prime Minster and SOE Controller for all HEIs to resume classes and complete the academic year.

DHERST communicates to all Higher Education Institutions regularly on any decisions via e-letters. The Department does not use social media during the State of Emergency to communicate with HEIs.

Do not allow yourself to be misinformed and mislead by false information circulated on social media.

Official statements will only be announced by the Secretary as per orders received from the SOE Controller and NEC.

DHERST maintains a reputable partnership with all HEIs to ensure that our students, academic and non-academic staffs are safe and can work in a stable environment to achieve their highest potential by completing their studies.

May You All Stay Safe.

Authorised by
Professor Fr. Jan Czuba




The Department of Higher Education Research Science & Technology (DHERST) wishes to advise students and higher education institutions (HEIs) that it has revised the previous TESAS awards for continuing students for 2020 academic year. The award list published on the DHERST website on the 5th of January 2020 is retracted due to some technical problems beyond our control. This has been rectified and scholarships rewarded to all eligible students.

  1. 2020 Revised TESAS Awards List - Universities
  2. 2020 Revised TESAS Awards List - Non-Universities