The government has given in to pressure for teacher unions to reverse its decision compelling schools in Matabeleland North Province to hold vacation school during the April and August school holidays this year.
The decision had been made for schools that failed to attain at least 30% pass rate in ZIMSEC examinatiions.
In a circular dated 8 April 2019, addressed to schools in the province, Ministry of Education officials said that the plans have been shelved for this year. The circular reads as follows:
AMMENDMENT OF THE PREVIOUS COMMUNICATION ON VACATION SCHOOLS: MATABELELAND NORTH PROVINCE
This serves to correct the previous communication on the 2019 April and August vacation schools during during holidays.
The issue of Grade 5,6, Form 3 and L6 has been shelved for this year as it is a new phenomenon, pending discussions on it by all stakeholders on the way forward for future.
However, only Grade 7, Form 4 and U6 can attend the vacation school if the school can afford to hold it, and for the number of days which the school has planned for, not necessarily the 10 days.
The province is encouraging schools to engage their stakeholders and hold the vacation school towards improving their results and eradicating the 0% pass rate. No school is forced to hold the vacation school.
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