Schools appeal for PPE donations

Speaking during NetOne’s handover of COVID-19 protective wear and groceries to Ethandweni Children’s Home, Kezi, Matobo yesterday, Primary and Secondary Education deputy minister Edgar Moyo said it was critical that stakeholders help in the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to schools.

““We have two types of schools, those that offer Cambridge examinations and those that offer Zimsec (Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council),” Moyo said.

“Those offering Cambridge are opening on September 14. Why are they opening earlier than other schools is that their examinations will be on October 1. Furthermore, those private schools have been very active in online lessons.”

Moyo said public schools were opening on September 28.

“Opening schools means that as government, we should be prepared. For the next two months, teachers will have to conduct face-to-face lessons and we know they have lost time and questions have been asked on what will happen to that time, but teachers have ways to recover their lost time,” he said.

“The issue of COVID-19 is the responsibility of everyone in the country and as a ministry, we are merely leading, but everybody should come on board.”

Teachers have been resisting the reopening of schools, demanding that government provides PPE to schools to protect both the pupils and educators.

“A lot of things are required as we open schools and we would like to call all corporates to assist. There are many corporates who are benefiting from communities,” he said.

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