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Zimbabwe Shuts Down 100 Private Schools, Colleges

The Ministry of Higher Education continued its blitz on illegal independent colleges this week closing more than 100 for failure to meet legal standards.

At least 113 institutions have been shut down and 42 others have been de-registered.

Ministry officials said the schools were operating without licenses while others did not meet acceptable standards.

This has affected most of the colleges and schools in Harare, Bulawayo, Midlands, Masvingo, Matabeleland and Manicaland provinces.

These institutions offer certificates in careers like technology, early childhood development and hair dressing.

Information officer Trevor Murai of the Students Solidarity Trust told VOA the government’s move will affect many students.

Maurai said there should be some mechanisms put in place to assist the affected students.

Educationist Abiot Moyo said the government has missed its mark in closing these schools as they have not offered an alternative for local people.

"There are many ways to view the sprouting of these institutions and assist them to meet standards instead of shutting them down," said Moyo.