Cabinet To Decide On Reopening Of Schools

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education says it expects to get a directive from Cabinet today on when schools will reopen.

Schools were scheduled to open on 28 June for the second term but an increase in coronavirus infections forced Government to postpone face-to-face learning.

This was the second time this year for the government to postpone the reopening of schools as it did the same in January after COVID-19 cases increased.

An adjusted level four lockdown is currently in place, with a dusk to dawn curfew was in place, intercity travel was banned, and businesses directed to operate between 8 AM to 3.30 PM.

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In an interview with State media on Monday, Primary and Secondary Education Ministry communications and advocacy director Taungana Ndoro said:

Let’s wait for Cabinet meeting tomorrow. It (Cabinet) is expected to guide us on when schools shall reopen.

Matabeleland North acting provincial medical director Munekayi Pandingani said there is a need to break the cycle of new infections before schools reopen.

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He said this while responding to Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema who wanted to get a medical opinion on when schools should reopen during the Matabeleland North COVID-19 Provincial Taskforce meeting on Sunday.

Meanwhile, teachers’ unions have urged the government to postpone the reopening of schools to August or until the COVID-19 infections have gone down.

More: Chronicle

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