Govt Mulls New School Calendar

Following the indefinite postponement of the reopening of schools for the second term, a Cabinet Minister has said there is a need to realign the school calendar to suit the current situation. Schools were initially scheduled to reopen on 28 June but the date was put forward by two weeks as coronavirus infections spiked across the country. Then on Tuesday, the government announced that schools will remain closed for another two weeks as a result of the surging COVID-19 cases and deaths. In a wide-ranging interview with The Manica Post on the…

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Schools Reopening Deferred By Another Two Weeks

The government has postponed the reopening of schools for the second term by a further two weeks as a result of rising coronavirus infections and deaths linked to the virus. This was announced by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday afternoon. Schools were scheduled to open on 28 June for the second term but an increase in coronavirus infections forced Government to postpone face-to-face learning. This was the second time this year for the government to postpone…

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Zimbabwe To Introduce Anti-corruption Curricula From ECD Level

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration plans to introduce anti-corruption curricula from Early Child Development (ECD) to universities and colleges in a bid to eradicate corruption from society. President Mnangagwa revealed this while speaking during a virtual commemoration of the 5th African Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday. He said: Corruption prevention programmes should be strengthened. These should include systems and compliance checks, the introduction of curricula on corruption, ethics and integrity in schools from the ECD level right up to universities. The African Anti-Corruption Day was held under the theme “Regional Economic Communities:…

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Defer schools opening: Teachers

TEACHERS’ unions have called on the government to defer schools opening to August or until the COVID-19 infections have subsided, saying going ahead with schools opening anytime soon would be “suicidal and genocidal”. Zimbabwe is in the throes of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with the country recording 2 264 cases and 34 deaths on Tuesday, according to the Health ministry’s daily situational update. Cumulatively, the country has so far recorded 60 227 cases, 42 330 recoveries and 1 973 deaths. Despite the gory statistics, the government, which…

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Only 50% Of Form 4 Students Register For ZIMSEC Exams In Mat North

40% to 50% of learners in Matabeleland North Province that are supposed to sit for the 2021 Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) examinations are failing to register, it has emerged. Matabeleland North provincial education director Jabulani Mpofu told Southern Eye that there had been very low registration turnout by learners in the province for the November “O” Level examinations, even as the deadline was drawing nearer. Said Mpofu: In Matabeleland North, only 40% to 50% of students have managed to register, which is way too low compared to the total number of…

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Teachers Welcome Schools Reopening Delay

Teachers’ unions have welcomed the decision by the government to delay the reopening of schools following an increase in COVID-19 cases. They also called on the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to strengthen distance learning to help pupils cover the gap for the lost time. Schools were expected to reopen on 28 June for the second term of the year but a surge in coronavirus infections resulted in Cabinet on Tuesday deferring schools opening by two weeks. The government said the reopening of schools will be determined by an…

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‘Opening schools suicidal’

TEACHERS unions and school heads yesterday warned that it would be “suicidal” for government to allow schools to reopen for the second term next week at a time when the country is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infections, putting learners and teachers at risk of contracting the virus. Zimbabwe is in the throes of the third wave of COVID-19 infections, with new cases and deaths rising sharply in a fortnight, forcing government to impose localised lockdowns in Kwekwe, Hurungwe, Karoi and Kariba where the Indian variant was detected. On Sunday,…

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Schools Opening Decision This Week

A decision on whether to open schools for the second term on 28 June will be made this week, a senior government official has said. The National Taskforce on COVID-19 will meet early this week to deliberate on schools opening and then forward its recommendations to Cabinet. Chief co-ordinator of the National Response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Agnes Mahomva, told State media that a final decision will be made this week. She said: We are looking into it. You are aware there…

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