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Harare concerned over illegal colleges

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Harare City Council has expressed concern over the mushrooming of colleges at church premises, a move the local authority says was depriving the city of critical revenue.

According to the latest council minutes, the city fathers have resolved to engage government with a view to be involved in the registration of colleges in the city.

“The committee has expressed concern over the construction of illegal structures such as colleges and other facilities on church premises whilst the churches paid no rates to council,” reads part of the latest council minutes.

Early in July government ordered the closure of 106 private tertiary colleges nationwide for operating illegally.

The colleges, according to the Ministry of Higher Education, did not possess the requisite licences.

Private colleges have sprouted in cities and towns countrywide, cashing in on the influx of foreigners into the country because of Zimbabwe’s reputable education system.

The colleges have also provided an alternative to government-owned institutions, which are either poorly equipped or do not have adequate lecturers.

Educationists have raised concern over the mushrooming of private colleges, some of which reportedly rely on untrained teachers to conduct lessons.

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