Govt announces date for opening of 2021 first term

First Term 2021 begins Monday 4 January.

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has gazetted the date for the opening of schools in Zimbabwe for the first term in 2021.

Schools will open for the 2021 first term on Monday 04 January according to a schedule published by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said schools will close on the 18th of December 2020 for this academic term. Learners will have a 17-day vacation before resuming classes in January for the 2021 first term.

It is not clear if learners will undergo a phased opening as has been the case this term due to COVID-19, as decisions look set to be guided by World Health Organization (WHO) reports as well as Government ministerial taskforce guidelines, together with stakeholders.

Schools for Cambridge examination classes opened first on September 14, followed by classes for local Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) examinations which started classes on September 28.

Primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe closed in March, just a week before the end of the first term following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

When schools reopened this week, learners had to be sent back home at some schools as teachers did not report for duty as required. The teachers are demanding that the government should first pay them a COVID-19 allowance and improve their salaries and working conditions.

In response, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Ambassador Cain Mathema has said the government will not be held at ransom by the striking teachers and indicated that the teachers will be replaced by unemployed qualified personnel.

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