The government has announced that schools will re-open on 15 March 2021 for examination classes and that all students will follow a compressed syllabus.
The government is implementing a phased opening of schools which will see non-examination classes resuming lessons a week later on 22 March 2021.
The decision to reopen schools was announced by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa on Tuesday, during a post-cabinet briefing to journalists.
The Minister announced that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, attendance at schools will be rotational in order to avoid crowding and to ensure social distancing.
Minister Mutsvangwa said that on the days that students will not be at school, open distance learning and e-learning will be used to ensure that they do not miss out on learning.
The government is yet to release detailed guidance on how this will be implemented, especially at boarding schools.
The Minister announced that as part of the catchup strategy, all continuing classes will start with 2020 work and that syllabi have been compressed to ensure accelerated coverage. The minister said,
Both primary and secondary school levels will follow three levels of accelerated and compressed syllabus coverage.
The Minister also said that the government has started the production of relevant modules which will be used by the students and the teachers.
Teachers for examination classes have been directed to report for work on the 10th of March while the rest of the teachers have been directed to report for work on the 17th of March.
The decision to reopen schools comes just a day after President Emmerson Mnangagwa relaxed Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
In his address to the nation, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that schools, colleges and universities should prepare to open and put in place measures that adhere to World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols on containing the spread of the disease.