Zim Schools No Longer Opening On 4 January As COVID-19 Infections and Deaths Surge

GOVERNMENT has deviated the 2021 school Calender following a surge in new COVID-19 cases mainly due to local and community transmissions.

By Michael Gwarisa

In a statement, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Permanent Secretary, Mrs Tumisang Thabela said following the rise in COVID-19 infections and the new highly contagious variant, government has seen it fit to deviate from opening schools on 4 January further to a date to be announced.

The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to advice its valued learners, parents, guardians and other stakeholders that in light of the surge in COVID-19 infections and the new more contagious variants of the disease as well as the threat posed by Cyclone Chalane, government has seen it fit to deviate from the previously announced 2021 school Calender that directed schools to open on 4 January.

“In this regard, please be advised that 2020 ZIMSEC ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level examinations will resume on January 5 2021 to February 5 2021 as previously announced. Having deferred the opening of schools beyond 4 January 2020, the dates to the commencement of the 2021 calendar for all primary and secondary schools will be announced in due course as government monitors the situation,” said Mrs Thabela.

She further encouraged schools, learners, parents and stakeholders to reinforce wearing of face masks, physical distancing as well as handwashing and the accelerated implementation of teaching and learning activities.

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