Govt rules out early schools opening
By Staff Reporter
ZIMBABWEAN schools are not opening just yet after Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema (pictured) said Wednesday President Emmerson Mnangagwa would only proclaim their opening when it was safe to do so.
Schools were forced to close a week before their official calendar closure in March after the country started recording cases of Covid-19.
The country has since banned all public gatherings and has gone on to impose a 35-day national lockdown to try and control the spread of the pandemic.
The lockdown ends this coming Sunday amid the anticipated opening of the country for business.
However, Minister Mathema ruled out any chances of an earlier schools opening as per their calendar early May.
“The safety of our learners always comes prior to any action regarding Covid-19 disease. The President will only proclaim the dates when schools open and he will only do so after evidence that shows it is prudent to do so has been availed,” Mathema said.
He was speaking at the launch of the Schools Covid-19 Response Programme at Chikangwe High School in Karoi Wednesday.
Zimbabwe’s confirmed cases of Covid-19 Wednesday rose to 40 after eight more cases were recorded in Harare and Bulawayo.