Information Secretary, Nick Mangwana has dismissed reports that suggest that school reopening has been deferred saying the government will make a formal announcement on the matter.
Posting on Twitter, Mangwana said President Emmerson Mnangagwa had not deferred school reopening. He said:
_We have taken note of messages circulating on the WhatsApp platform alleging that the President has deferred the opening of schools by two weeks. That is not correct. Should there be a change regarding the opening of schools, Govt will make a formal announcement._
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Responding to some who were arguing that the state usually dismisses rumours as false only for another high ranking official to confirm the earlier rumour moments later, Mangwana said:
_Sometimes people make correct predictions of policy thrusts but simetimes they get it wrong. I am just confirming that in this case if there is anything to announce, we will anmounce later. After today is Cabinet day._
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This comes amid intensifying calls from education stakeholders including school heads for the government to defer the reopening of schools to August to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Schools heads said the schools must only open when the government has put all requisite measures in place to ensure the safety of both learners and teachers.
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