Zimbabwe: Schools reopens only for examination classes

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe’s government said schools will reopen in two weeks time but only for this year’s final examination classes. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told the media that standard operating procedures have been distributed to all schools.

“The schools opening dates are scheduled for 14 September 2020 for Cambridge Examinations classes and 28 September 2020 for Zimsec Examination classes. Cabinet approved that the Zimsec Examinations should start on 1 December, 2020,” she said. “The Ministry is working closely with other Ministries and stakeholders to guarantee the safety of pupils and staff during the examinations period.” While the government is still in consultations with relevant stakeholders in the education sector, the Education Ministry is continuing with its preparations for the re-opening of schools for the end of year 2020 final examination classes.

Fifteen stakeholders have submitted their inputs and another nine are expected to make their submissions shortly. Among those that were invited for inputs on the reopening of schools are the following: the Zimbabwe Visually Impaired Teachers’ Union (ZVITU) and nine other Teachers’ Unions; the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education; the Association of School Development Committees; the Independent Colleges in Zimbabwe; the Private Schools Association of Zimbabwe; and the Association of Trust Schools.

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