lazarus dokora 09-01-12.pngParents in Harare have raised concern over the operations of some private colleges which are allegedly taking students for tutorials in the process making money, only to offload them to conventional schools during examination time.

The country’s education sector has seen a lot of private colleges mushrooming, especially in urban areas.

However, parents have castigated them for not offering a full education package up to examination time.

Some colleges were licensed before their facilities were up to the required standards.

Asked why government registered these institutions before they met the registration requirements, Deputy Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Cde Lazarus Dokora said the registration was done during the most challenging years in the sector, adding that this year all the colleges that have failed to adhere to the regulations face closure.

Private colleges have been enrolling a number of students, taking advantage of the confusion that used to reign in conventional schools.

However, the colleges do not have examination centre status.

Faced with this situation, the colleges register their students at conventional schools, making the situation unbearable at these institutions as they will have a bloated number of candidates.

Observers say such a scenario distorts individual schools’ pass rates.