, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 25 – The government has said it will shut down 395 technical, vocational, education and training institutions that are operating illegally by January next year.
Acting Higher Education Minister Hellen Sambili said parents who had enrolled students in the unregistered institutions should make arrangements to relocate them to legally registered colleges.
"All established institutions must be consistent with the needs and policies of the country. The premises and accommodation must be suitable and adequate. Managers of the institutions should also be suitable to run such colleges," she said.
Mrs Sambili warned that proprietors and managers of the fake colleges would be arrested and prosecuted for operating illegal educational institutions.
"Under the current law, no institution should offer any education and training services without prior inspection and registration. In addition, no person should purport to be managing an education or training institution without approval in writing by the Minister responsible for the sub-sector of Education and Training," she said.
So far only 363 Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions have been registered. Another 99 are operating with valid provisional registration certificates.
The minister said that institutions that had been registered to offer specific courses but wished to offer other courses must seek re-registration and provided by Section 14 of the Education Act. "No institution should issue certificates and diplomas unless they have been authorised to do so by the Minister through a gazette notice as provided."
She said currently, only the Kenya School of Monetary Studies and the Kenya Institute of Management are mandated to issue their own certificate and Diplomas in accordance with Education Act Cap 211 section 21.
“All training providers have now been asked to display their registration certificates conspicuously in their front offices for ease of reference by parents, students, ministry officials and the general public," Mrs Sambili said.
The public has been advised to seek the assistance of the ministry in ascertaining the legality of any institution before enrolling.
"They can contact our provincial offices, our offices at Teleposta Towers Nairobi, visiting the Ministry\’s website www.sciencetechnology.go.ke or write to the Director, Technical Accreditation and Quality Assurance P.O Box 9583 – 00200, Nairobi."
You can read the full list of accredited and unaccredited institutions here.