Government suspends mid-term break for schools

by | Sep 29, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

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There will be no mid-term break for schools as government moves to ensure that learners catch up on lost learning time due to Covid-19 disruptions and to strengthen containment measures for the disease.


This was announced by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, at a media Post-Cabinet Briefing in Harare yesterday.


“The nation is being informed that Government has directed that half term breaks are prohibited to help learners catch up on time already lost during the lockdown and this will also strengthen COVID-19 containment measures,” said Mutsvangwa.


This is also in line with the additional mitigation measures that Government put in place last week to safeguard the safety and health of affected learners and teaching staff.


“The Ministries of Health and Child Care, and Primary and Secondary Education will continue to implement the standard guidelines for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of COVID-19 at learning institutions while strengthening measures to ensure continuous teaching and learning during quarantine and isolation,” she added.


There was a slight increase in number of new COVID-19 cases this week, with boarding schools contributing the most. However, parents are being urged not panic as most cases are asymptomatic without the need for hospitalization, while affected learners will be strictly monitored by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.


Government has also increased COVID-19 vaccination in learning institutions to all eligible students.