COVID-19 In Schools: What Is The Way Forward?

AS the third wave settled, there was a huge outcry for the re-opening of schools, and I personally added my voice to the sentiments. And even today when asked, I would echo the same sentiments too. Prolonged closure of schools is not good for the pupils for several reasons. Not only do they lag behind in terms of their education and social development; they also get exposed to several hazards in society. By Dr Grant Murewanhema What quickly comes to mind is the risk of indulging in drugs, early sexual…

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Breaking: Schools Reopening Extended By Two Weeks

INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa’ has announced that cabinet has agreed to postpone Schools Reopening in the midst of surging Covid cases. By Michael Gwarisa She briefed Journalists this evening during a post cabinet media briefing where she highlighted that schools opening will be delayed by a further two weeks. In view of the regional and local upsurge of cases, the nation is informed that Cabinet approved that the reopening of schools and other learning institutions be delayed by 14 days. Government will be monitoring the situation…

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UNESCO’s Rapid Training Programme On Open, Distance And Online Learning Reaches 1 400 Teachers

AS with many countries across the world, 2020 saw Zimbabwean schools abruptly closed as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The closure of schools for almost a year seriously impacted school outcomes and reversed some important post-independence gains in areas such as literacy and numeracy, school infrastructure, and school attendance, among others.   Most public schools did not have the capacity to offer distance or online learning since, in addition to a lack of infrastructure and resources, teachers were neither equipped nor trained to offer this type of learning. While…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Stocks Gradually Improve

Epharaim Mubayi

Blood bank pins hopes on schools reopening THE  situation at the blood bank is gradually returning to normal amidst indications that at least four National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) branches are currently running at five days stock levels which is the normal levels for a healthy blood bank . By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of a national call that was made by the the blood bank last month for donors to come forward and donate blood amidst indications that the blood stocks levels were sitting on…

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#JUSTIN: Schools Reopening Dates Announced, All Classes To Resume On March 22

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has announced a phased reopening of schools with examination classes set for opening on March, 15 2021 while the rest of the classes will be resume on March 22, 2021. She said while addressing a post cabinet media briefing this evening. …More Details to Follow  

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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…

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Zimbabwe Opens School Classes Despite Increase in New COVID-19 Infections

ZIMBABWE today, November 9, 2020 resumes all school classes from Early Childhood Development (ECD) up to Advanced level in line with government set schedule. HealthTimes Brief The resumption of classes however comes at a time Zimbabwe is recording increased cases of COVID-19 with majority of them being local transmissions. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily COVID-19 update of November, 8, 2020, recovery rate has dropped from a high of 95% in the past few weeks to 93%, with daily infection rate rising to 5.6% 33…

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Gvt Announces Schools Reopening Dates

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…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Gvt Speaks On New School Calendar

PERMANENT Secretary in the ministry of information, publicity and broadcasting services, Mr Nick Mangwana has advised that government is working on modalities to finalise a new school calendar for 2020 which has already been affected by the COVID-19 induced national Lockdown. By Michael Gwarisa Responding to questions during a webinar media training which was organised by UNDP, Higherlife Foundation, in partnership with the ministry of information, publicity and broadcasting services, Mr Mnagwana said the pandemic had affected schools in a big way. We still need to bring people to classes…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Agrees To Shut Schools Due To Covid-19

THE Zimbabwean government has genuflected to the demands of parents and stakeholders in the education sector to close schools in the wake of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) which has wrecked havoc across the globe. By Michael Gwarisa Even though Zimbabwe is yet to record a single case, President, Emmerson Mnangagwa said schools would be closed on March, 24, 2020 to allow for orderly closure of the institutions. Following concerns from parents, as well representations by the educational sector, government has decided that all schools and tertiary institutions (colleges, polytechinics and universities)…

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