By Gerald Takwara
THIRTY-EIGHT private colleges have been shut down in Harare following the expiry of a 48-hour ultimatum issued by Government on Monday for the unregistered schools to regularise their operations.
Government says 400 private schools would he shut down for breaching the Education Act. The schools mainly operate in Harare CBD on promises where ablution facilitied are shared with other businesses, a situation Government says was unhygienic.
Confirming the latest development, Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province Tafadzwa Muguti this Thursday said 32 school owners have also been arrested and will be taken to court for breaching provisions of the Education Act.
“We are not going back on what we said , all unlicensed schools some operating in unfavourable backyards should seek registration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education,” Muguti told ZBC.
“So far we have arrested 32 owners and 38 schools who defied our order have been shut down.”
He also warned registered schools which had hiked fees that authorities will descend on them.
“We are happy that some schools are now engaging parents and government on fees, this is commendable but I would like to warn those who are arrogant that the full wrath of the law will catch up with them,” he added.