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Government on reopening of schools

Government on reopening of schools

The government is next week expected to announce a date for the reopening of schools for the first 2021 terms.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Ndavani Mangwana said the cabinet deliberated on the issue and resolved to postpone the reopening of schools by two weeks.

In a post on Twitter last Friday following the holding of the first Cabinet meeting of 2021 on Tuesday, Mangwana said the position to defer schools’ reopening will be revisited in two weeks. He said:

Many are asking about the opening of schools. In its first meeting of 2021, the Cabinet resolved that schools would remain closed for another two weeks. The position will be reviewed at the end of two weeks.

Schools were closed on 18 December after briefly opening in September last year to prepare pupils for public examinations.

However, several schools across the country reported hundreds of coronavirus cases and the Government indefinitely shelved the reopening, which had been set for 4 January.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) chief executive officer Dr Sifiso Ndlovu told state media that it was no longer sustainable to keep the schools closed.

Source | Chronicle