While the initial list included 400 illegal schools and colleges, Blitz managed to identify 448 schools and colleges that did not meet government or local authority requirements. The requirements are not onerous and many private schools meet them easily, but they must be verified and recorded. This would be the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education or the Ministry of Higher and Higher Education. Tafadzwa Muguti, secretary for provincial affairs and decentralization of the Harare metropolitan area, said yesterday that all illegal schools in the province were now controlled. Many private schools and colleges in the country have enrolled students as private applicants, which will change now as a student is expected to have classes throughout their studies. She said the ministry had noted with concern allegations that the Association of Trust Schools (ATS) had drawn up its own school calendar for 2021. Maths and science have since become a central part of the country`s education, with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technological Development announcing last week that students who choose science and math at A-level will receive government scholarships this year. The warning follows suggestions from some private schools for a separate schedule, as they argued that their students had learned online during the lockdown period. Over the past decade, the number of private universities has increased. However, many have since been forced to close due to a number of challenges, including grievances, lack of retention of qualified staff, and economic problems.
Far from being intimidating, it creates an opportunity for new players to get started and make a difference. The need for quality education cannot be overlooked. Whether it is primary, secondary or higher education, the market is alive. In this article, we explore how to start a private college in the country. The first point of contact is the company registration. You will then need to contact the Ministry of Education to obtain registration for your institution. This includes, among other things, a preliminary examination report and a health certificate. The nearest Ministry of Education will give you a checklist of what needs to be done before you get a full business licence. You should keep in mind that the requirements for rural and urban colleges are different. Magaya said the country`s 8,179 primary and secondary schools have been converted into counselling centres, inviting stakeholders to contribute to the revision of the curriculum. The comments were then summarized in a draft framework for curriculum review. “The Department takes this opportunity to draw the attention of its valued learners, parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders to the fact that, in relation to section 9(1) of the Education (Non-State Schools) Ordinance 2005, the Secretary has issued a revised school calendar for 2021 and has not allowed any school to depart from it.
All schools should therefore adhere to the 2021 school calendar announced by the government,” she said. A number of schools and colleges are allowed to operate without the required documentation from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the country`s reviewing authority – the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Board (Zimsec). Schools must be located in safe and non-health facilities, with the minimum standards set out in the regulations, and they must follow the national core curriculum, although other subjects may be added. The extension was granted in order to minimize the impact on students in schools, as they would have to look for other locations if schools were simply closed, as the law essentially requires. Unregistered and unlicensed schools and colleges in Harare province, with 22,569 students, can continue to operate until the end of March, giving them time to register with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) and obtain permits from local authorities. Inspections in Harare province will continue after 448 private schools were recently put into operation without registration and now all unregistered schools will have to determine their status and clarify their registration and license, or will be closed at the end of next month. “We therefore encourage all those who illegally run schools and colleges in the province to take advantage of this grace period and reach an agreement with the ministry, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and all local authorities,” he said. As a result, they enrolled their students with other examination centres registered as private candidates.
The new curriculum, which is expected to set uniform standards in the country`s education sector, is expected to go into effect on Tuesday when schools open for the first half of the year, according to government instructions. Thabela said all schools will open as planned, in line with the cabinet decision. All schools must be registered with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, registered with Zimra and licensed by the local authority. “With the new curriculum, we will see illegal private schools and colleges sprouting up like mushrooms. People will now have to adhere to new standards, which will result in students not receiving certificates from the ministry as they will not be accepted under the new regulations,” he said.