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Zimta slams illegal colleges

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The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) yesterday commended the government for shutting down over 160 unregistered colleges since the institutions were shortchanging students and parents.

Zimta chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu told NewsDay that teachers from the bogus institutions should not expect sympathy from his association.

The government is doing well by closing these structures. As Zimta, we will not support teaching done in illegal structures, he said, adding that most personnel at the illegal colleges were not qualified.

As Zimta, we stand for quality education and believe that illegal colleges contribute to the reduction in the general quality of education in Zimbabwe and this is why we believe illegal institutions are not acceptable.

They cheat students and parents by promising them quality education when the reality of the matter is that they cannot deliver quality education.

He added: Some of these colleges have students from grade zero up to sixth form and they all share the same toilets.

This should be a concern to parents since their infants share toilets with adults and I advise parents to be careful when selecting colleges to send their children to.

According to weekend reports, over 160 colleges and private schools were forcibly closed countrywide in a massive clampdown by the government to rid the country of unregistered learning institutions.

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