By Tariro Kambeu
Ministry of Primary and secondary Education(MOPSE) on made a public announcement on the delay of 2021 school calendar which directed schools not to open on 4 January 2021 because of COVID-19 cases on the rise.
In a press statement the MOPSE said, “ZIMSEC.” O” and “A” level examinations will resume on 05 January 2021 to 5 February 2021 as per previously announced”.
“Having deferred the opening of schools beyond 4 January 2021,the dates for the commencement of the 2021 school calendar for all primary and secondary schools will be announced in due course as government monitors the situation, said the Ministry of primary and secondary Education.”
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said learners, parents and guardians to continue wearing face masks, physical distancing and sanitasing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, heads of schools should continue with preparations for the safe opening of schools and the the accelerated implementation of teaching and learning activities said the Ministry.
Earlier a number of school teacher and heads tested positive of Covid and schools were closed in Bulawayo and other parts of the country a risk raised by parliamentarians to the opening of schools.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of information and publicity, Nick Mangwana urged members of the public to be more responsible and guard against Covid while reporting on the latest number of affected people arriving at 500 in two days.
So far 10 people have died including Impala Car Rental CEO Thompson Dondo who is suspected to have died from Covid though tests where done and he tested negative.
As of yesterday Zimbabwe had recorded a total number of 14084 cases and 369 Covid related deaths.
The government of Zimbabwe continue to warn members of the public to avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing , wearing of face masks, washing of hands and sanitasing all the time