Zimbabwe to reopen schools this month

Zimbabwe is set to reopen schools in two weeks for students who will sit for examinations later this year.

The Zimbabwean Government says students preparing for national exams scheduled for 1st December, will return to school on 28th of September.

Students preparing for Cambridge examinations will resume on 14th of September.

This decision was made, following consultations with the education and health officials in the country.

The Ministry of Education had previously said it would give priority to learners sitting for the final exams, and also hinted that other students will not return to school until 2021.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa [Photo: Reuters]

According to the Health Ministry in the country, Zimbabwe has so far confirmed 6,559 Covid-19 cases and 202 deaths. The government now says, most of the cases reported range from mild to moderate, with a recovery rate of about 80%.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef, urged African countries to consider reopening of schools, as learning has been greatly affected with the global Covid-19 pandemic. The two organizations however, put emphasis on the continuation of adhering to the set Covid-19 directives.

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