47 tertiary colleges closed

Hundreds of college students have failed to get industrial attachments after the Industrial Training and Trade Testing Department closed down 47 unregistered tertiary institutions operating in Manicaland.

This has left scores of industrial attachment seekers stranded while parents and guardians have approached the colleges for refunds of tuition fees.

In an exclusive interview with The Zimbabwean on the sidelines of Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) outreach programme last week, the ITTTD Regional Registrar, Joseph Gwara, said the colleges did not meet the Ministry of Higher Learning standards and had to be closed down.

“If they are not registered who will then monitor them. This means that they do not abide by the basic standards of Ministry of Higher Education,” he said.

“We are going to punish the principals and heads of these colleges. We will work with the police and we are going to arrest the owners of these colleges and they could face two years imprisonment. I would like warn other colleges to desist from offering various courses when they are not registered,” added Gwara.

Mutare School of Accountancy and Management was one of the closed colleges. The principal Ronnie Chivhizhe said: “I was just an employee and I am surprised that the owner of this college was not registered. We had more than 80 full and part time students enrolled here. This means all the students will have unrecognized certificates.”

A student at the college Daniel Simbabure said: “Who will pay all these wasted years? It’s sad that my dream to become a professional accountant is thrown in the bin. How could such colleges do that? This is fraud.”

The owner of the college Moses Njenjera said when contacted for a comment: “I do not speak my private business with the press. What do you want from me? What do you want to know about my private business? You should report on better things not my private properties.” He then hung up.

Other colleges affected include Manicaland School of Advanced Computing, Centre For Legal and Business Studies and Institute of Fashion and Design.

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