A decision by Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) to bring to closure non-accredited institutes could deal a blow to thousands of lives for students relying on such.
The move that started on Tuesday within the capital, aims at shutting operations for over 40 training centres, with so far three closed within the city and six others in the pipeline.
Leading the operation, TVETA Director-General, Dr Kipkurui Lang'at clarified that the move is meant to streamline the tertiary institutes, ensuring that learners get the best out of what they were paying for.
"It means we shall have disadvantaged these Kenyans if we allow such colleges to operate," noted Dr Lang'at, as quoted by Nation.
Equimax Modern Training College, Kenafric College of Professional Studies, Bright Touch College, Vision Stars Training Institute, Metab College, Vision Stars Training Institute as well as Clique College of Hairdressing are among institutions which have so far been shut down.
The TVETA Director-General called upon learners to first ensure they have inquired on the college(s) registration status before rushing to join.
He also noted that colleges which met the minimum requirements would be allowed more time to ensure compliance.
"I don't know what will happen to me, as I paid the fees just this month," claimed an anonymous learner from Kenafric College.
Other than non-accreditation, the colleges in question also lacked qualification proof for their tutors, basic facilities, as well as standards for some courses offered owing to non-experienced staff and also limited space and amenities.
"No training activities should continue within the institutions until all above issues are corrected and approved by TVETA," read part of the closure notices issued.
This comes shortly after another college in Eastleigh namely Alison Community which also ran without a license was closed under suspicion of breeding terrorism.
During the operation, five staff members and 38 learners were arrested for being in the country without valid documents.