CABINET has scheduled the schools reopening dates to 14 September 2020 for Cambridge Examinations classes and 28 September 2020 for Zimsec Examination classes.
By Michael Gwarisa
According to Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa, “Cabinet approved that the Zimsec Examinations should start on 1 December, 2020.
The Ministry is working closely with other Ministries and stakeholders to guarantee the safety of pupils and staff during the examinations period. Standard Operating Procedures have been distributed to all schools.”
Cabinet also acknowledged that despite the surge in positive local cases, the majority of the cases of local transmission are mild to moderate, with a recovery rate of about 80%.
“Most of these cases are managed at home and in isolation facilities. The national testing strategy however will continue to prioritise the testing of all health care workers and other frontline personnel, inclusive of public transport drivers.”
Minister Mutsvangwa also said government was finalizing on modalities for the re-opening of Airports to support the resumption of the Tourism Sector.
"The plan is to start with the resumption of domestic flights and then move to international flights. Cabinet approved the resumption of the rest of tourism operations including boat operations."
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe now has six thousand three hundred and eighty-eight (6 388) confirmed COVID-19 cases compared to the five thousand six hundred and forty-three (5 643) reported last week. Of these confirmed cases, five thousand and seventy-eight (5 078) are attributed to local transmission. Harare has the highest number of cases with 2 532, followed by Bulawayo with 1 271.