Universities and colleges are set to reopen on July 13 following three months of continuous closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a cabinet minister has said.
Speaking before Parliament’s Higher and Tertiary Education committee on Monday, Higher and Tertiary Education minister Amon Murwira said the government has taken measures to ensure the safety of students. He said:
Tertiary education institutions that include polytechnic colleges, teachers’ colleges and industrial training colleges will open on the 13th of July, 2020 starting with final year students.
Numbers (COVID-19 cases) are increasing yes but statistics have shown that most of these are imported and are in quarantine centres.
I am less worried because cases are contained but all we are doing is to make sure preventive measures are followed.
Murirwa paid tribute to students who have taken the initiative to produce sanitisers and some COVID-19 materials in 16 languages for the whole country.
He, however, warned that the government is prepared to close colleges if anything goes wrong.
Zimbabwe’s coronavirus cases have continued to rise in the past few with the number of confirmed cases now above 500.