Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema has dismissed online reports claiming that schools will reopen for the Second Term on April 28.
Mathema told The Herald that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has not issued any directive to that effect as there is no need to reopen schools while the country battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. He said:
There is nothing like that. I work on instructions from the President and so far he has not directed that schools reopen early.
We are in the midst of fighting the pandemic so why should we rush to reopen the schools early?
Schools closed prematurely for the end of the First Term after President Emmerson Mnangagwa banned public gatherings last month to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Zimbabwe is in a is on a 21-day national lockdown that will end on April 19.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has partnered with the Higherlife Foundation to offer free online educational material to learners during the ongoing lockdown.
Learners are able to access free learning material through the Ruzivo platform on www.rdl.co.zw.