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Zimbabwe defers schools opening on surge in Covid-19 cases

By Almot Maqolo

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Zimbabwe has postponed the opening of schools, which had been set for January 4, 2021 owing to the spike in Covid-19 cases as well as the threat posed by Cyclone Chalane.

Examinations for Ordinary and Advanced Level candidates will however still go on from 5 January 2020 to 5 February 2020 as previously announced.

New date to be set depending on developments regarding the Covid-19, which has seen cases rising in the last weeks.

“Having deferred the opening of schools beyond 4 January 2021, the date for the commencement of the 2021 school calendar for all primary and secondary schools will be announced in due course as government monitors the situation,” Primary and Secondary Education Permanent Secretary Mrs Tumisang Thabela said in a statement on Wednesday. 

“In the meantime, heads of schools should continue with preparations for the safe opening of schools and the accelerated implementation of teaching and learning activities.”

As at 29 December 2020, Zimbabwe had 13 325 confirmed cases, including 11 067 recoveries and 359 deaths.


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