A number of teachers have resorted to offering private lessons under the prevailing COVID-19 induced lockdown, a move which could expose learners to COVID-19 infections, a cabinet minister has warned.
By Michael Gwarisa
Briefing Journalists, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said teachers offering lessons were breaking the law and will face the full wrath of the law should they be caught.
In preparation for the impending opening of schools, it is pleasing to note that considerable progress has been made in vacating returnees from schools that have been used as quarantine centres. Efforts to refurbish the identified quarantine centres are being enhanced.
“However, some teachers are illegally conducting extra lessons in violation of lockdown regulations. Such practices will endanger the lives of the children I question and should be stopped forthwith,” said Honourable Mutsvangwa.
She added that mots universities have since reopened and final year students are currently accommodated on campus while continuing students are studying online.
Earlier on, Hon Mutsvangwa said government would be disinfecting all institutions of learning ahead schools and reopening scheduled for next month.
In a media briefe, Hon Mutsvangwa said even though most institutions of learning had been turned into quarantine centers for returning citizens plans are already in place to de-congest the institutions and pave way for schools and universities reopening.
Currently, some of our learning institutions are being used as quarantine centres. With regards to the Cabinet decision on the imminent opening of schools, universities and colleges which are currently being used as quarantine centres, alternative quarantine centres are being identified and assessed so that they can house returning Zimbabweans.
Alternative quarantine centres being assessed include churches, Vocational and National Youth Service Training Centres.
“To ensure that our learning institutions are ready to receive students, no new returnees will be admitted at these institutions. Those who are presently quarantined at these schools will continue mandatory stay and once they are released the schools will be rehabilitated and disinfected. All learning institutions will be disinfected as a condition for them to be re-opened and take in learners,” said Hon Mutsvangwa.