college.jpgSome parents in Harare have called on the government to ban private colleges which are compromising the country’s educational standards citing low pass rates and poor infrastructure.

An official from one private college in Harare said private colleges are actually complimenting government institutions in improving education standards.

“Yes there are colleges that operate below standards but we strive to give better services and holding meetings with parents is essential however we can’t account on what students do outside our premises, that’s a different issue,” said the official.

It is understood that one private college in Mufakose Suburb had one student who managed to attain 5 ‘O’Level passes out of 80 students.

 The discipline of private college students has also raised concerns. Meanwhile the Deputy Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Cde Lazarus Dokora, has urged all private colleges to adhere to the standards that are required by the ministry for them to avoid being closed.

According to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2010 report Zimbabwe’s literacy rate has increased to an all time high of 92% overtaking Tunisia to attain the number one spot in Africa.

The country has however suffered massive brain drain due to economic hardships induced by illegal sanctions which has also affected the quality of education.