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Govt ‘clarifies’ that all schools will open on 4 January

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  • The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to set the record straight that schools will open on 4 January 2021 and not in a phased approach.

GOVERNMENT has disowned a statement by the State-owned Sunday Mail to the effect that first term for 2021 will begin in a phased approach in February.

In a ‘clarified’ report by The Herald, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Director of Communications, Taungana Ndoro said there are is phased opening next year and schools open on 4 January.

The opening is for all classes except pupils enrolling for Form One and Form Five who will wait for examination results.

Those going into Form One, who are Grade Seven this year, started writing public examinations last week on Thursday and will finish on 17 December.

Those writing Ordinary Level examinations will have some of their papers overlapping into early next year.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to set the record straight that schools will open on 4 January 2021 and not in a phased approach as has been announced on Sunday by one news report.

“Schools will open on 4 January and secondary school classes opening are Form Two, Three, Four and Six,” said Ndoro.

This year, following premature closure of schools in March as a preventive measure against Covid-19, Government re-opened schools in phases starting with examination classes on 28 September. 

Teachers unions having been refusing to go back to work citing the rising Covid-19 cases in schools which they say government is not adequately prepared to handle as seen by the closure of over 30 schools in the past month.

Members of Parliament have also lobbied for Government to close schools and only open when it’s safe, but Government has resisted the moves saying only 30 out of over 9,600 schools have reported cases of coronavirus. ■

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