Schools reopening: 2020 not a lost year

By ZBC Reporter

2020 will not be a lost year for students as they will proceed to the next grade next year despite having spent less time in class this year.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said preventing pupils from going to the next grade would clog their streams.

Minister Mutsvangwa, who is the new leader of Government business in Senate, said this during the Question and Answer session.

Mashonaland East traditional leader, Chief Nechombo had asked if pupils were going to proceed to the next grade.

Minister Mutsvangwa said while the Government came up with several initiatives such as online learning and radio lessons to mitigate the challenges, time was lost.

She said this was because some pupils did not have access to radio programmes and online learning.

“There are pupils that are also waiting to start school next year. So if they do not proceed it will affect those pupils who were behind who should be coming on-board, so they will have to proceed to the next grade,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Turning to the preparedness of the schools for reopening, Minister Mutsvangwa said the government had provided funding to ensure there were no hurdles.

“Government is concerned that teachers and students should be safe. That concern cannot just remain as a concern without the requisite budget to procure personal protective equipment. That is why we provided a budget for that,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

The government announced a budget of $600 million for schools that will need assistance during the schools reopening period.

All classes will reopen over the next six weeks in three phases.