HARARE – The opening of schools will remain deferred until further notice, the government said on Friday as it shot down a bogus memo that said learners would resume classes on February 23.
Schools were supposed to open for the first quarter on January 4 but could not, due to a spike in Covid-19 infections. A national lockdown, which still subsists, was put in place to slow down the respiratory illness.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to advise the public that a circular on social media regarding the schools calendar is fake,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The public is advised to disregard the circular. Schools remain closed until an official announcement is made through government structures and channels.
“Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to explore more online teaching and learning alternative platforms and other open distance materials without face-to-face contact,” the statement said.
Teachers say schools should only open after the government has provided them and students with adequate personal protective equipment to shield themselves, arguing anything less puts them in harm’s way.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to ease the lockdown next week as the country begins immunizing frontline workers and vulnerable groups with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine which arrives in Harare on Monday.
School staff will also be given priority, a vaccination framework released by the ministry of health on Friday said.