The government has said that non-exam classes will not attend school daily.
Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson Taungana Ndoro said that non-exam classes will alternate attendance days in order to allow for “proper implementation of social distancing rules.”
Ndoro said only the exam classes will attend school daily.
Said Ndoro to the Sunday Mail:
For all other levels, school authorities are encouraged to follow alternate schooling days with some learners coming on particular days of the week.
We envisage that some schools are likely to face challenges in implementing social distancing requirements because of inadequate infrastructure.
Alternatively, schools may split the schooling day, with some classes coming in the morning and others in the afternoon, with groups alternating every fortnight.
Early Childhood Development classes going up to Grade Five, and Forms Ones and Twos are supposed to return to school tomorrow, Monday 9 November. The government is encouraging hot-sitting at schools that dont have adequate infrastructure to allow for social distancing.
Most teachers have not reported for duty since schools reopened for examination classes on September 28 after a six-month coronavirus-induced closure, demanding a review of their salaries. Teachers have also cited the government’s unpreparedness for learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 6 November the government directed provincial education directors (PEDs) to provide names of striking teachers so that their salaries are docked. Following this move, The Progressive Teachers Union (PTUZ) accused the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education of ‘unbridled arrogance’.
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