Prioritise learners’ health, schools told

By Peter Chivhima

Private schools have been challenged to prioritise the health of learners instead of monetary gains as they prepare to re-open for examinations in the wake of Covid-19.

With only a few days left before schools re-open for examination classes after a long sabbatical imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, a call has been made for the responsible authorities to prioritise the health of students.

In her address during a private schools meeting in Harare this Tuesday, Secretary for Private Schools Association of Zimbabwe, Mrs Loice Magweba implored their members to abide by the Covid-19 set guidelines.

“School authorities should be well informed on current information and should appreciate this new normal and act as the advisory board for all teachers as well. Schools should minimise staff movements to and from the school and check on the interaction of children and auxiliary staff.

“Our member schools should make sure that children are protected. We should not see money in receiving a learner but future leaders.”

Speaking at the same meeting, a principal from a Masvingo based private school, Mrs Svodai Kutadzaishe applauded government for giving them the green light to re-open.

“We are ready to receive the children and we are proud to say all the mechanisms are in place. We thank the government for giving us the green light to open.”

Government has set the 14th of this month as the schools opening date for Cambridge examination classes with ZIMSEC examination classes set to reopen on the 28th.

The ZIMSEC examinations will start on the 1st of December.