By Fairstars Mukungurutse, Yolanda Moyo, Providence Maraneli
The phased reopening of schools started this Monday with examination classes commencing their lessons in various parts of the country.
It was an exciting day for students who are set to write their examinations this year as they were the first to hit the ground running in the phased reopening of schools.
Back in class for the first time in two months, the students are hoping to cover lost ground after the school calendar was disrupted by Covid-19.
Now well prepared and equipped to ensure a safe learning environment, school authorities are appreciative of the government move to reopen learning institutions.
With examination classes now back in class the rest of the learners will follow suit on the 6th of September, with government extending the vaccination programme to the 14-17 age group.
In Bulawayo learners and teachers turned up for the first day of in-class learning as schools reopened for examination classes this Monday.
Bulawayo Provincial Education Director Mrs Olica Kaira told ZBC News that teachers will use the catch up strategy as Students prepare for final examinations.
“All is in place and we encouraged parents to send their children back to school as they have been doing so in the ongoing outreach program. We will continue to avail PPE’S to school as we have been doing,” she said.
To decongest school premises, non-examination classes who are set to reopen on the 6th of next month, will continue alternating days of attendance.
Government availed 500 million Zimbabwe dollars to schools for the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and infrastructure, including construction of additional classrooms and sinking of boreholes.
It was also a feel good atmosphere in rural areas such as Gwanda North where Grade Seven pupils at Dambashoko Primary School were overjoyed by government’s decision to reopen schools.
Just like in urban areas it is a huge sigh of relief for most parents as the level of juvenile delinquency was slowly going up.