The testing positive of the World’s Powerful man, President Donald Trump has sent shockwaves globally. Many governments were alarmed and going to act wisely in order to curb the pandemic. Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Ambassador Cain Mathema told Parliament on Thursday that schools may be closed again if it becomes unsafe for learners and teachers.
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He made the remarks while in Parliament (National Assembly) where he observed that the reopening of schools on the 28th of September was safe. He said:
The coronavirus is not only in Zimbabwe, it’s a new ailment all over the world. We will work according to what is on the ground as days go by, so we do the best we can.
Who knows, we might have to close schools again because of how serious it (coronavirus) will have become. So, we will work according to what is on the ground and in terms of the PPE, you can rest assured that the government will avail. Closing schools is not something new, we have already done it before so if the situation changes, we will close them.
He added that while it was sounded prudent to wait until the virus was gone, that would mean waiting forever since the vaccine is yet to be found.
There have been concerns from stakeholders including teachers who said schools were not adequately prepared to handle the deadly virus.
The government authorized the reopening regardless saying necessary cautionary measures had been taken to ensure the safety of both learners and teachers.
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