Government Hints On Schools Re-Opening Amid Surging Covid-19 Cases
2 August 2021

By A Correspondent- The government said schools were going to be reopened once President Emmerson Mnangagwa gives the directive.

This was said by Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Cain Mathema in Parliament last week.

Mathema said this after MPs had grilled him over measures that his ministry was taking to ensure the safety of schoolchildren and teachers before the opening of schools.

Last term, children at different schools throughout the country contracted COVID-19.

“We have had this pandemic since last year and within the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, we have done all we could, and we are doing all we can to make sure we protect the children,” Mathema said.
“The ministry will do whatever is required to make sure that children are protected and everybody is protected, and if, indeed, this House wants me to give details as to which route to be followed by which school, if that is what I’m expected to present here, then give us time and I will come back and give those details to the House. I am ready to give a ministerial statement,” he said.

Mathema added: “Once we are given the directive by His Excellency, we will open schools.”