All classes back to school by November: Cabinet

Cabinet yesterday approved a three-phased reopening of schools that would see all learners including non-examination classes returning to school by November.

Schools reopened on September 14 for Cambridge sitting examination classes and no Covid-19 incident has been reported so far.

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) sitting Grade Seven, Form Four and Form Six classes will open on Monday.

Addressing the media during a post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education was highly prepared for the staggered reopening of schools under the Covid-19 environment.

Minister Mutsvangwa said Government would provide personal protective equipment, disinfectants, sanitisers and will have a team to monitor a safe reopening of schools.

“In light of the high preparedness in the education sector schools will be reopened in a phased manner. Phase One for examination classes this will entail examination classes Grade Seven, Form Four and Form Six. Phase 2 will open on the 26th of October 2020 and would involve Grade Six, Form Three and Form Five. Finally Phase 3 will open on November 9 covering the rest of the learners including ECD-A, ECD-B, Grade One, Two, Three, Four, Five and then Form One and Two,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

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