38 private schools shut down

By ZBC Reporter

38 PRIVATE schools have been shut down for defying government’s directive to regularise their operations while 32 people were arrested for breaching the Education Act.

 With 400 private schools having been given a 48 hour ultimatum on Monday to regularise their operations, government has moved in to enforce the law with 38 of them being shut down after failing to comply.

This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province Mr. Tafadzwa Muguti this Thursday.

“We are not going back on what we said , all unlicensed schools some operating in unfavourable backyards should seek  registration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education .So far we have arrested 32 owners and 38 schools who defied our order have been shut down,” he said.

Turning to schools which had unilaterally hiked fees, Mr Muguti said while the level of compliance is commendable, the exercise remains in full force to deal with those who break the law.

“We are happy that some schools are now engaging parents and government on fees, this is commendable but I would like to warn those who are arrogant that the full wrath of the law will catch up with them,” he added.

Government this week exposed 400 private schools which were operating illegally and ordered them to regularise their operations or risk being shut down.