Students will be given adequate time to prepare for exams- Govt

BY ZBC Reporter

NOVEMBER 2020 ZIMSEC examinations will only be written when students have completed the syllabus and when it is safe to do so.

THE reopening of schools this year hangs in the balance as officials continue to monitor the rising Covid-19 cases.

Last month, the Government deferred reopening schools to a later date from the initial July 28 owing to rising cases of local coronavirus transmissions.

There have been a total of 4 575 confirmed cases in Zimbabwe, 3 471 of these being local transmissions.

102 people have since succumbed to the coronavirus since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020.

Speaking to Sunday News the Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister Edgar Moyo said it was premature to announce new dates for the schools’ calendar.

He said Government, however, is currently mobilising the required personal protective equipment (PPE) for public learning institutions.

“We are presently monitoring trends, particularly Covid-19 local infections. If they continue escalating, as they are doing now, we will have to defer re-opening further mainly as a means of protecting our learners and teachers,” he said.

“As a ministry, we have continued readying ourselves for the eventual re-opening through the purchasing of PPE and perfecting our (education) modules.

“We have been fine-tuning our radio lessons as well.

“For communities that do not get radio signals, we are in the process of producing physical modules related to the radio lessons.