By ZBC Reporter
COVID-19 tests conducted to pupils at Nashville High School in Gweru have all tested negative allaying fears of a Covid-19 outbreak at the Midlands boarding school. Social media was Friday morning awash with reports of a Covid-19 outbreak at the school sending various stakeholders into panic. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson, Taungana Ndoro has also issued a statement calling on parents and guardians to desist from circulating unverified reports.
“Of the 192 students who are in boarding at the school 187 have tested negative while five are not at the school for other reasons. The report, therefore, is not only malicious and sensational but bent on causing alarm and despondency within the education sector.
“Parents or guardians should desist from causing panic because mischief-makers are on steroids in this technological era. The Covid-19 situation in our schools is under control and we are proud that there have been 2917 recoveries to date since the beginning of the term. As part of the National Operation Plan against Covid-19, the Ministry continues to implement Standard Operating Procedures which include a strong emphasis on School Surveillance and liaison with the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
“This entails daily screening of learners during each school term. Efforts are continuing in order to ensure the safeguarding of learners and teachers in all schools in the country,” Ndoro said.