The government has not yet decided on the school calendar even though schools are scheduled to reopen this month.
Primary and Secondary Education minister Cain Mathema told the Daily News on Wednesday that while everyone would want to know the school calendar, due to the coronavirus crisis, it was difficult to plan for the future. He said:
We are going to plan according to the trend of COVID-19. Nobody knows what will happen so how do you expect us to tell what will happen in the future?
Yes, people want to know, but you and I are some of the people who want to know. Nobody invited COVID-19, it is all over the world and schools were closed all over.
Schools were forced to close early in late March as the government put in place lockdown measures to combat the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19.
Under normal circumstances, the school calendar has three, four-month terms in which the fourth month is a holiday.
The government has announced a phased reopening of schools starting on July 28 and the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) examinations for June commenced this week.
However, parliamentarians and various teachers’ unions have urged the government to provide basics like running water, personal protective equipment, and basic screening equipment before schools reopen for the safety of teachers and learners.