By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Midlands provincial education director, Mr Jameson Machimbira has urged all schools across the country to follow government and WHO regulations in order to protect pupils and teachers from contracting the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
Machimbira said this during his speech at an event where private organization Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe (FCTZ) donated sanitary wear to vulnerable girls. FCTZ also donated sanitizers to 15 schools in Gokwe on Monday.
The provincial education director indicated that schools should observe these regulations to avoid being Covid-19 hotspots.
Last week the cabinet through the Ministry of Information, Monica Mutsvangwa announced the school calendar. She said that schools will open in phases, starting with the examination classes on 15 March while the rest of the students will open on 22 March 2021.
This follows after the president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa eased the lockdown restrictions, allowing a number of activities to take place in the country provided that responsible authorities adhere to enforced lockdown regulations.
Moreover, Minister of Primary and Secondary education, Cain Mathema was quoted saying his ministry will work hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to ensure that all government an private schools observe the WHO guidelines.
Minister Mathema also added that number of students per class will be minimized to ensure there is social distancing as per WHO regulations.
He also urged all parents to make sure that their children are fully equipped with face masks.