A female teacher at Khumalo Primary School in Bulawayo passed away on Wednesday due to suspected COVID-19 related complications after she reported at the school earlier that day.
As part of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education guidelines, teachers are reportedly supposed to log in on the school registers to show their daily attendance.
CITE reported a source as saying the teacher’s death has caused panic among learners and parents as she looked sick when she reported for duty. Said the source:
The Grade 5 teacher came in the morning to log in her attendance but she was visibly sick so she had to go back home.
We later learnt she died at Hillside Premier Hospital from suspected Covid-19 where she had gone for medical assistance.
Worried parents have demanded clarity over the issue as there is a need to trace the teacher’s contacts for COVID-19 testing. One of the parents said:
We need clarity on the matter so that we know what steps the school is taking to prevent any possible spread or whether our children are supposed to go for quarantine.
This is no time for secrecy because the action we take now is critical to prevent more infections if need be.
Director of Communication and Advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Taungana Ndoro, told CITE that the school was taking all the prescribed preventative measures against COVID-19. Said Ndoro:
We have no confirmation that the teacher died from COVID-19 but our schools are very safe, there is no need for parents to panic.
We have our standard operating procedures that are at the school. These procedures include screening with the thermometer, there are handwashing stations at the schools and we monitor the school very well. Schools are very safe.
Ndoro highlighted coronavirus infections among teachers were minimal as nationwide there was about 30 plus who had only been infected by the virus.