The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Paul Mavima, said schools will open or the third term on Tuesday as scheduled.
This follows social media reports that schools will now be opened for the third term on 17 September to allow the nation to grieve the passing away of former president Robert Mugabe.
Mavima refuted those claims and insisted that the schools’ calendar has not changed. He said:
The death of the former President has not affected the opening of school. The schools are still opening Tuesday this week as planned so social media posts should be ignored.
In a tweet on Saturday, Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting also said schools will open on 10 September 2019. The tweet read:
Schools are due to open on Tuesday 10 September 2019. There has been no change to that plan. Please ignore any messages to the contrary. Borders are expected to travel to their respective schools on Monday 9 September 2019.