The Higher and Tertiary Education ministry has deregistered 126 colleges countrywide, with Harare topping the list with 102 colleges having been shut down.
The deregistered colleges do not comply with the Manpower Planning and Development Act.
“The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development in carrying out its mandate of inspecting independent training institutions to ensure that they are compliant with the Manpower Planning and Development Act Chapter 28:02 and Statutory Instruments 333 of 1996 and 26 of 2001, on critical issues of registration to ensure that they are offering quality education and training,” reads the statement.
“In this ongoing exercise, institutions in Harare metropolitan, Bulawayo metropolitan, Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central provinces, have been inspected and during the inspection exercise the institutions listed below were found non-compliant for the reasons stated and have been closed.”
The ministry said 171 colleges nationally were operating illegally and were also shut down.
In Harare colleges like the Association of Chartered Accountancy, Business Environment Services, Genesis College, Good Hope College, Innov8, Institute of Diplomacy, ICT Academy, Keswick College, Tyrones Cosmetology Centre, School of Journalism, Value Learning Centre and the Zimbabwe Institute of Diplomacy were deregistered.
In Bulawayo Banlax Computer College, Masmore Computer Training, CITMA and EMCEE Colleges were deregistered.
Mashonaland East Kit Computers and Polka College were deregistered. Herentals Educational College, ZAOGA Dangamvura, Honde College of Technology are some of the colleges in Manicaland that were deregistered. ZDECO in Masvingo was also deregistered.
ZAOGA related colleges operating in Harare were also found operating illegally.