Govt Sets Aside $600 Million For Needy Schools To Improve Their Sanitation In Preparation For Reopening

The government has announced that it has set aside $600 million for schools that might be in need of the government’s help to improve their sanitation in preparation for next of next week when school reopen for writing classes, The Herald reports.

Speaking about the government’s efforts to help schools adhere to WHO COVID-19 guidelines in containing COVID-19, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema said:

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development availed $600 million for schools to re-open safely, and there have been issues of water shortages in schools. We are using that money to drill boreholes and in some instances providewater bowsers to make sure that water is available at all the schools. The money will also be used to buy things like PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment), thermometers, sanitisers.

We are working with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, and Zinwa (Zimbabwe National Water Authority) to ensure the availability of water at all the schools. Today (yesterday) I met representatives of church-owned schools, they declared readiness to open the schools and they are happy the measures put in place can be met. We need to work together as a team to ensure that the environment is safe and conducive for schools reopening, we have been working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, listening to WHO guidelines to open in a safe environment.

Mathema also addressed the issue of transportation especially in urban areas and said:

The issue of transportation, we are working with ZUPCO to transport teachers and learners where buses are needed. We are doing the best we can for schools to reopen safely and we are following the WHO guidelines. Everyone from the Ministry of Health, us and even you the media, we all monitor adherence.

Private schools opened their doors yesterday while all schools will open their schools on 28 September for the classes that will seat for their final examinations later this year.

More: The Herald 

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