By Miranda Dzumbunu
The Zimbabwean Cabinet has approved the reopening of schools following the reported improved levels of preparedness by the education sector in terms of creating a Covid-19 safe environment for both the learners and the stuff.
From the surveillance excercise which was conducted on the current local and international Covid-19 data by the Experts Advisory Committee, the Cabinet was informed that the epidemic has not spread as previously predicted due to the control measures that have been put in place, therefore it has concluded that it is safe for schools to open.
“In light of the high level of preparedness schools will open in a phased manner, ” said the Minister of Information, publicity and broadcasting services Monica Mutsvangwa presenting the Thirty-third Post Cabinet Press on Tuesday 22 September.
The opening of schools in three phases is going to be done inorder to monitor the behaviour of the Covid-19 virus and to make adjustments where necessary.
According to the logistical plan for the reopening of schools, all examination classes will open in the first phase on the 28th of September 2020 while Phase 2 will open on the 26th of October 2020 involving Grade 6, Form 3 and 5, then finally the third phase will open on 9 November 2020 covering the rest of the learners including ECD A and B.
“All necessary measures are being taken to ensure that schools are reopened for examination classes bl in a safe environmental,” she added.
These safety measures include the distribution of hygiene kits, disinfectants and infrared thermometers to all public schools.
In a meeting which was conducted by the school heads on the 23rd of September, it has been agreed that all the learners will be obliged to have face masks and hand sanitizers as well as well as practicing social distancing within the school environments.
The Covid-19 lockdown had caused adjustments in the transport sector therefore as schools are resuming ZUPCO buses will be dedicated as pointed out by the Cabinet to cater for all learners who need transport to go to school.