FOUNDATION Group of Colleges in Bulawayo has dismissed claims by the government that two of its centres are operating illegally saying they had complied with relevant regulations.
Report by Nqobile Bhebhe Senior Reporter
Foundation Technical College and Foundation College were on Monday listed among 155 centres that were shut down by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education for operating illegally.
But the group of colleges yesterday said renewal of registration for its Nkulumane Complex centre was done on May 21, while that for the Foundation Technical Training Centre was done on March 26.
In a statement yesterday, Foundation Group of Colleges information and community relations administrator Joakim Chakanyuka said the college was operating legally.
“The college unequivocally refutes the recent Press reports that claimed that two of its Bulawayo branches are operating illegally,” he said.
“Simple inspection will reveal that one of the places said to be operating illegally, situated at Jason Moyo Street and 9th Avenue is in fact, not a college (and has never been), but office premises, which the parent company uses for management purposes, and, therefore, requiring no registration at all as there is no tuition activity in these premises.”
According to a public notice from the ministry, Harare and Chitungwiza had the highest number of unregistered colleges with 36, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South had a combined 17, Midlands (16), Manicaland (25) and Masvingo (9).
The bulk of deregistered colleges are also in Harare and Chitungwiza with 42, followed by Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South with 10, Midlands (seven), Masvingo (two) and Manicaland (three).
In Bulawayo, some of the notable institutions said to be operating illegally include Business Environment Services, City Training College, New Vision College and Orap.