Harare-The Cabinet has approved that only examination classes will imminently resume while other classes will remain closed in a bid for schools to be able to put coronavirus prevention measures in place, an official has revealed.
During a post Cabinet briefing on Tuesday, Minister of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said the Cabinet resolved that other classes will remain closed, following a marked increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, therefore premature of reopening of schools could elevate the risk of spreading the virus.
She said: “With regard to education, Cabinet noted the detailed operational plan put in place by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education that was developed in consultation with stakeholders.
“However, following a marked increase in COVID-19 cases, Cabinet approved that only examination classes should initially open schools in order for schools to be able to put prevention measures in place.”
The measures include:“limiting of class sizes; hand sanitisation, and mandatory wearing of masks by both students and teachers at all times.”
She added that students will be returning home soon after they are done with their examinations and the date for the other classes to commence their studies will be issued in due course depending on the outcome of the first phase.
“Students will be expected to return home immediately after examinations. Depending on the outcome of the first phase, a way forward can then be mapped for the other classes, and the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education will subsequently issue a date for the commencement of the other classes,” she said.
Meanwhile, with the aim to free schools as quarantine centres, other alternative centres, like vocational institutions with a capacity of accommodating 2 636 people, have been identified nationwide.
All schools that are being used as quarantine centres will be vacated by 9 June 2020.