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Govt threatens to shut down 400 private colleges in 48 hours

MORE than 400 private schools in Harare which have been operating without licences have been given 48 hours to regularise their operations or face having to be shut down by Government.

Harare Metropolitan Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Tafadzwa Muguti says more than 400 private schools and colleges offering ECD to A level studies in the capital city have been operating without licences for years and it was not time to put an end to the disregard of the law.

Muguti said most of these private schools and colleges have been hiking school fees without government approval and this time they will not be allowed to open. His office has since given the unlicensed schools 48 hours to regularise their operations or risk being shut down.

“We have discovered that over 400 schools are operating without licenses, they are doing so in breach of the Education Act. This puts at risk the future of thousands of students who could fail to write their exams. This will not be allowed to continue while government sits and watch,” Muguti said.

“All schools in Harare be it private or public who are hiking schools without 2022 approval from government will not be allowed to open. We call upon those who are doing so to consult parents and seek approval from government.”

According to a list provided by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the bulk of schools in Harare defying the government directive on fees are private schools, while a huge number of unlicenced learning institutions are in medium and high-density suburbs.

However, with Government having failed to provide adequate schools against a booming population since the late 1990s, observers say shutting down the private schools will create an education crisis.

“That will create an unprecedented educational crisis this country has ever seen,” Professor Godfrey Maruta, an academic at a Harare university, told HourlyHits.

“Government’s school-building pace sowed down dramatically after 2000 following international isolation and the hurtful sanctions, while on the other hand our population never stopped rising.

“All those kids born after the sanctions were imposed are in schools right now and where are the schools? Already, public schools are hot-sitting and can barely cope with new enrolments.

“These private schools, though unlicensed, are serving a human need and they wouldn’t be existing if there was no such need. Therefore, as unlicensed as they are, Government must be accommodative and help these schools put their papers in order as closing them will only create a crisis this country does not need right now.”

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Govt threatens to shut down 400 private colleges in 48 hours

MORE than 400 private schools in Harare which have been operating without licences have been given 48 hours to regularise their operations or face having to be shut down by Government.

Harare Metropolitan Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Tafadzwa Muguti says more than 400 private schools and colleges offering ECD to A level studies in the capital city have been operating without licences for years and it was not time to put an end to the disregard of the law.

Muguti said most of these private schools and colleges have been hiking school fees without government approval and this time they will not be allowed to open. His office has since given the unlicensed schools 48 hours to regularise their operations or risk being shut down.

“We have discovered that over 400 schools are operating without licenses, they are doing so in breach of the Education Act. This puts at risk the future of thousands of students who could fail to write their exams. This will not be allowed to continue while government sits and watch,” Muguti said.

“All schools in Harare be it private or public who are hiking schools without 2022 approval from government will not be allowed to open. We call upon those who are doing so to consult parents and seek approval from government.”

According to a list provided by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the bulk of schools in Harare defying the government directive on fees are private schools, while a huge number of unlicenced learning institutions are in medium and high-density suburbs.

However, with Government having failed to provide adequate schools against a booming population since the late 1990s, observers say shutting down the private schools will create an education crisis.

“That will create an unprecedented educational crisis this country has ever seen,” Professor Godfrey Maruta, an academic at a Harare university, told HourlyHits.

“Government’s school-building pace sowed down dramatically after 2000 following international isolation and the hurtful sanctions, while on the other hand our population never stopped rising.

“All those kids born after the sanctions were imposed are in schools right now and where are the schools? Already, public schools are hot-sitting and can barely cope with new enrolments.

“These private schools, though unlicensed, are serving a human need and they wouldn’t be existing if there was no such need. Therefore, as unlicensed as they are, Government must be accommodative and help these schools put their papers in order as closing them will only create a crisis this country does not need right now.”

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