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Government hints on opening of schools

by Kudakwashe Vhenge

By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa

Government through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, has given a hint towards the opening of schools.

This follows the government’s enforced strict lockdown regulations which continued in January of this year which saw all schools and universities closed, in an effort to curb the spread of corona virus.

Education Minister Cain Mathema was quoted saying they are in the process of preparing for the re-opening of schools, though they are still assessing the preparedness of the schools countrywide.

“We are still assessing the preparedness of all schools so that they will be ready to open when we have been authorized them to do so,” he said.

Reports indicate that the Ministry of Education is working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to ensure all World Health Organization protocols are strictly observed.

The Ministry of Health revealed that they had already given their Primary and Secondary counterparts, guidelines to adhere to, for a health environment in classes. 

Furthermore, the inspection of schools countrywide will include private and mission schools. 

“We want to make sure that the learning environment is safe for our students. All schools have to comply with the imposed regulations, to ensure there is safety for both teachers and learners,” minister Mathema said. 

Minister Mathema urged all parents to ensure that children leave their homes with face masks. He also added that the number of students per class will be minimized to ensure that there is social distancing.

President Mnangagwa earlier gave a directive that government will employ more teachers to enable schools to run smaller classes.
Today in his brief towards the review of the national lockdown, Mnangagwa said schools must prepare to open.

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