The government has notified the general public that schools reopening dates will be determined by the country’s progress in fighting the coronavirus.
This news development comes amid calls by teachers’ unions for the government to postpone the reopening of schools as the country is not prepared to fight the pandemic.
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cain Mathema made the announcement Speaking during the launch of the Manicaland province Covid-19 Schools Response Plan in Mutare this Wednesday.
There has been some understandable anxiety on the part of parents and children as to when schools will open again. The opening date will be determined by the progress that we make as a nation in fighting the coronavirus.
The process is also involving engagements with stakeholders so that the best decision can be taken in the interests of learners, teachers, other workers in the schools and communities.
Following initial consultations, the ministry has come up with 5 phases reopening plan that begins with the examination of classes in 2020.
President Mnangagwa has already allowed final year students in tertiary institutions to resume studies albeit under strict conditions to prevent the spread and transmission of the novel coronavirus.