The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has dismissed rumours circulating on social media claiming that schools will open on the 15th of February 2021.
In a statement, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said it has come to its attention that a fake social media report claiming that Government will open schools on 15 February 2021 in order to administer non-voluntary Covid-19 vaccine injections on learners and teachers.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education takes this opportunity to advise its valued learners, parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders, that contrary to that fake social media report, the 2021 School Calendar for all primary and secondary schools will be announced in due course, hence schools remain closed until an official announcement is made through the Ministry’s usual official methods of communication”, read the statement.
The ministry took the opportunity to sensitise the public on measures need to prevent the proliferation of the virus, as a pathway to the future safe opening of schools.
“The Ministry reinforces the wearing of face masks, physical distancing as well as handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all school centres as preparations continue for the safe opening of schools and the accelerated implementation of teaching and learning activities.”
Ordinary and Advanced level marking of exams are scheduled to start tomorrow. However, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe objects to the exam marking and asserts that the marking will only expose more teachers to infection. “We are mourning teachers who are dying after contracting COVID19 virus while marking Grade 7 exams. This morning a teacher died at Chinhoyi hospital, he marked at Jameson in Kadoma. Now we are pushing more teachers to die?”, said ARTUZ in a rhetoric tweet.