All Schools To open September 6th
The Government has postponed the reopening of all day schools for the Third Term to Wednesday, 06 September 2023, while boarding schools will open today as previously scheduled with many boarders travelling back to their schools yesterday.
In a statement, Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Secretary, Ndavaningi Mangwana said boarding schools that had already received pupils should conduct lessons as normal. He said:
“Reference is made to earlier communication on the deferment of the opening of schools in Zimbabwe.
“Following further deliberations, Government announces that schools opening for all day schools countrywide has been deferred to Wednesday 06 September 2023.Boarding schools that had already received pupils should proceed as normal.”
However, boarders who failed to travel to their schools yesterday were advised to do so on Wednesday to pave way for President Mnangagwa’s inauguration.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa yesterday confirmed that schools reopening for day scholars, initially scheduled for today had been deferred as so many people today would be going to the National Sports Stadium for President Mnangagwa’s inauguration after his victory in the election last month, creating traffic congestion.
“Those children who are supposed to go to boarding schools can go ahead but for day scholars, we are saying schools will be open on Wednesday.
“For day scholars it is for the whole country, but in terms of boarding schools they will go ahead some have already left we know that. They can go ahead and go to school, but day scholars will start school on Wednesday to give an opportunity to celebrate the incoming President of Zimbabwe,” she said.
Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education deputy director advocacy and communications Patrick Zumbo said: “This postponement allows for schools to resume without the anticipated traffic congestion due to the planned national event,” he said.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry Ms Kwadzanai Nyanungo said the Government had put in place measures to ensure the smooth reopening of schools, which will culminate in the November public examinations.