A number of colleges have been shut down by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) after the authority launched a crackdown on unaccredited institutions.
The crackdown that targets more than 40 institutions in Nairobi County alone and is expected to interrupt the lives of thousands of students.
The operation that began on 28th January 2020 across Nairobi where three private institutions were shut down and six others in Nairobi’s Pipeline area in the company of law enforcers.
“This crackdown is aimed at streamlining training in the mid-level colleges to ensure that students get value for their time and money,” said TVETA Director-General Lang’at Kipkirui.
“We shall have disadvantaged these Kenyans if we allow such colleges to operate,” Dr. Langat added.
The list of colleges that have been shut Down In the crackdown is as listed:
The principals of the colleges have since been arrested and taken to Central Police Station to record statements.
The Intraglobal Training Institute also has campuses in Embu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kisii and Gilgil which are all set for closure.
Students who had already paid school fees at the beginning of the year are now stranded as their money is already with the illegitimate school directors.
Students are now being urged to research the status of the institutions they seek to join before enrolling and paying adding that the colleges that will be found to meet the minimum requirements will be allowed more time to comply.
The crackdown of unaccredited colleges will end today in Nairobi upon which the TVETA team will proceed to other Counties in the Country for the same.
It is hence crucial to hold onto that school fee especially for parents whose children cleared the 2019 KCSE and do background research on the colleges before paying the school fee.
Colleges that lack the necessary accreditation, the basic facilities including human resources and equipment and those that cannot provide the qualifications of their trainers face closure.
“No training activities should continue within the institutions until all the above issues are corrected and approved by TVETA,” the closure notices read.
Kenafric school of Professional Studies, for example, has been in operation since the year 2015 yet it has no TVETA license according to its Principal, Schola Muthoni.
The crackdown and closure of unaccredited colleges come barely a fortnight since Alison Community College in Eastleigh, Nairobi, was closed and 38 students together with five members arrested for being in the Country illegally.