Zimbabwe schools are set to reopen this coming Monday 31 August 2021 for exam classes while the rest of the classes will open 6 September 2021.
This was announced at a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Wednesday by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.
Government also allowed intercity and intracity transportation for learners.
Zimbabwe schools closed early June this year and were expected to reopen for the second term 28 June.
However, a fierce surge in Covid-19 cases prompted a return to strict lockdown measures with government also keeping schools closed.
However, Minister Mutsvangwa said the decision to reopen schools came after government engaged stakeholders for the safe reopening of the learning institutions.
“Regarding Primary and Secondary Education, the collaboration between the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education, and Health and Child Care has buttressed the sector’s COVID-19 prevention and management systems,” she said.
“The two ministries met with provincial teams to evaluate progress in the implementation of the Joint Operational Plan of the Standard Guidelines for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of COVID-19 at Learning Institutions.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education also met with teacher organisations and deliberated on the safe re-opening of schools, among other issues.
“Noting with satisfaction the preparations for the resumption of classes in schools, Cabinet is advising that schools will re-open on 30 August, 2021 for examination classes, and on 6 September, 2021 for non-examination classes.
“As such, the inter-city and intra-city transportation for learners will be allowed during schools re-opening periods, subject to close monitoring by law enforcement agencies.”
As at 24 August, 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 123 320, with 108 660 recoveries and 4 320 deaths.