Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema has suggested that parents and guardians who no longer wear masks are the sources of coronavirus infections in schools.
Mathema argued that classrooms cannot be the source of COVID-19 as schools are adhering to preventative protocols. He said:
… there are people in our communities who are not adhering to guidelines. These people are guardians and parents, they are risking everyone, and we continue to implore the proper wearing of face masks.
Of course, at the moment we do not have that evidence but we are suspecting that infections are coming from home, with parents and guardians who are not properly wearing their masks.
Several schools across the country have become coronavirus hotspots with John Tallach Secondary School in Ntabazinduna, a few kilometres from Bulawayo, having so far recorded over 100 cases.
Sanyati Baptist High, Chinhoyi High, Mtshabezi High, Waddilove High and Goromonzi High School are some of the schools to have reported a significant number of coronavirus cases each and have been placed under lockdown.