Speaking to The Chronicle, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango, confirmed schools will close on Thursday, July 26 with the Third Term now starting a week earlier on September 4.
Schools were supposed to close on August 9 but will now be closing earlier because of the harmonised elections set for July 30. The Third Term was scheduled to start on September 11. Said Utete-Masango:
Following the proclamation of the 2018 harmonised elections scheduled for July 30 2018, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education advises that schools will close for the Second Term on Thursday, July 26 and open for the Third Term on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The opening of schools in Third Term has been brought forward as a measure to compensate for the early closure of Term Two. In addition, schools should put programmes in order to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged.