Harare province to shut down unregistered schools

By ZBC Reporter

The Office of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province is shutting down all schools that are operating illegally, after they failed to comply with the Education Act.

“On the 17th of January 2022, the Province, working with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, launched a blitz on 435 schools operating illegally in the Province and issued a 30 day notice for these schools to regularise their operations.

“It is important to note that this deadline was further extended to the 31st of March 2022 by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education,” the Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution – Harare Metropolitan Province, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti said in a statement.

According to Mr Muguti, only 287 Schools have successfully applied for licenses and are awaiting to be processed by the Provincial Education Directorate.

“It is regrettable that we continue to have some individuals who seek to undermine laws of the land, in particular the Education Act. To this effect, all schools operating illegally that failed to comply since the 17th of January 2022 shall now be shutdown, whilst the Heads and directors including board members of these schools shall be arrested for contravening the Education Act.”

The full list of all the illegal schools shall be published in the local newspapers and social media, Mr Muguti advised.