The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has warned it will come hard on unregistered private colleges sprouting especially on the boundaries of Harare and Zvimba.

The Mashonaland West education directorate has indicated it is irked by the rate at which unregistered schools are sprouting in the province especially in the Whitecliff and Lake Chivero environs where property owners are turning their large houses into schools.

The province’s education director Mr Sylvester Mashayamombe said action will be taken soon and urged parents to refrain from sending their children to such institutions which he said are manned by unqualified teaching staff.

He said this during the Zvimba district better schools programme awards ceremony held at Chitepo School.

The ceremony was meant to recognise students and teachers who excelled academically and in non-academic activities during the course of this year and those who did well in the schools public examinations in 2016.

Guest of honour during the commemorations Mr Nyasha Matonda pledged to work with the Zvimba better schools programme Zimbabwe in ensuring that the district fulfils its vision of constructing its own offices.

Meanwhile, the district schools inspector for Zvimba, Mr Andrew Matsikiti has reminded parents and guardians to fulfill their obligation of paying levies and fees.

He said some parents have mistaken the ministerial directive on schools not to send children away for non-payment of fees to mean they are not obliged to pay what is due to schools.

The Zvimba better schools programme awards involved students and pupils as well as teachers from 201 schools in the district.