2021 Schools opening deferred

The opening of schools for the first term of 2021 which was penciled in for the 4th of January has been deferred to a date to be announced owing to the surge in Covid-19 infections especially in light of the new and more contagious variants of the disease.

In a statement, the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Tumisang Thabela also cited the threat posed by Cyclone Chalane which was expected to hit the country as one of the reasons for the deferment of reopening of schools.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to advise its valued learners, parents, guardians and other stakeholders, that in light of the surge in COVID-19 infections and the new and more contagious variants of the disease as well as the threats posed by Cyclone Chalane, government has seen it fit to deviate from the previously announced 2021 school calendar that directed schools to open on 04 January 2021,” said Mrs. Thabela adding that the ZIMSEC ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level examinations would run as previously announced, that is, from the 5th of January to the 5th of February.

Mrs. Thabela added: “Having deferred the opening of schools beyond January 4 2021, the date for the commencement of the 2021 school calendar for all primary and secondary schools will be announced in due course as government monitors the situation.”

She urged heads of schools to continue with preparations for the safe opening of schools and accelerated implementation of teaching and learning activities.

Regarding the surge in new infections Mrs. Thabela called on all stakeholders to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education takes this opportunity to remind learners, parents and guardians to reinforce wearing of face masks, physical distancing as well as handwashing to prevent the spread and infection of COVID-19,” she said.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry has come up with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide school heads and all stakeholders on how to conduct business in a safe and healthy environment for all.

The opening of schools for the first term of 2021 which was penciled in for the 4th of January has been deferred to a date to be announced owing to the surge in Covid-19 infections especially in light of the new and more contagious variants of the disease.

In a statement, the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Tumisang Thabela also cited the threat posed by Cyclone Chalane which was expected to hit the country as one of the reasons for the deferment of reopening of schools.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to advise its valued learners, parents, guardians and other stakeholders, that in light of the surge in COVID-19 infections and the new and more contagious variants of the disease as well as the threats posed by Cyclone Chalane, government has seen it fit to deviate from the previously announced 2021 school calendar that directed schools to open on 04 January 2021,” said Mrs. Thabela adding that the ZIMSEC ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level examinations would run as previously announced, that is, from the 5th of January to the 5th of February.

Mrs. Thabela added: “Having deferred the opening of schools beyond January 4 2021, the date for the commencement of the 2021 school calendar for all primary and secondary schools will be announced in due course as government monitors the situation.”

She urged heads of schools to continue with preparations for the safe opening of schools and accelerated implementation of teaching and learning activities.

Regarding the surge in new infections Mrs. Thabela called on all stakeholders to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education takes this opportunity to remind learners, parents and guardians to reinforce wearing of face masks, physical distancing as well as handwashing to prevent the spread and infection of COVID-19,” she said.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry has come up with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide school heads and all stakeholders on how to conduct business in a safe and healthy environment for all.