Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Gwanda Correspondent
PROPRIETERS of an unregistered college in Gwanda, Grandeur Christian College, have been fined $300 for operating illegally for three months.
The college was represented by a worker, Mr Mkhokheli Ndlovu, who pleaded guilty to operating an independent college without a certificate of registration when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate, Miss Lerato Nyathi.
Prosecuting, Miss Faith Mutukwa said the college had operated illegally for three months before the matter came to light when cops that were on crime surveillance received a tip off on the existence of the college.
“During the period extending from January 30 to March 29, 2019, Splondor Academy Private Limited trading as Grandeur Christian College Gwanda operated an independent college at Kaweni Complex in Gwanda without being registered as required by the Education Act Chapter 25:04.
“On March 28 at around 9AM, detectives from CID Gwanda were on crime surveillance in the CBD when they picked up information that Grandeur Christian College was operating illegally. Police went to the college to investigate and they found lessons underway. They requested to see the person in charge and they were referred to Mkhokheli Ndlovu,” she said.
Miss Mutukwa said the detectives requested to see a certificate of registration for the college but Ndlovu failed to produce one resulting in his arrest.
She said school registers for Form One up to Form Four pupils, college documents, cash receipt books could be produced as evidence that the college had been operating illegally for three months.
In mitigation, Ndlovu said the college was in the process of getting a certificate of registration when the offence came to light.