Schools Opening Further Deferred As Chiwenga Extends Lockdown

Acting President Constantino Chiwenga

Acting President and minister of Health and Child Care, Constantino Chiwenga has deferred the opening of schools to February after extending the level two national lockdown for a further two weeks.

In a statement Friday, Chiwenga said schools also needed an extra week to prepare before they are opened after the 14 day extension lapses.

“Schools be given at least one week after the next two weeks lockdown extension, to put public health measures in place before the commencement of the general school calendar depending on the prevailing Covid-19 situation at that time.”

Chiwenga also said eligible teachers and students are encouraged to be vaccinated for Covid-19, further stating that all should wear face masks while in class.

The extension follows President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s New Year’s Eve declaration to delay the opening of learning institutions serve for those sitting for the outstanding Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations which commenced on Monday. Nhau/Indaba

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