THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had banned the use of school premises for holiday lessons during the three-week break.
This extension comes as vaccinations continue with the next delivery of 500 000 doses now expected by Tuesday next week and schools will be barred from using premises for holiday lessons during the holidays so that all buildings can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
“It is envisaged that the ban will allow thorough cleaning and disinfection of the school environment, and this reduces the spread of Covid-19,” said the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa after this week’s Cabinet meeting yesterday.
The learning process will continue through other platforms like self-study guides which will allow pupils to continue their schooling at home.
The ministry will take the opportunity availed by the break to continue training staff on curbing the spread of the pandemic.
Four teachers at Embakwe High School in the Mangwe District of Matabeleland South Province tested positive to Covid-19, while all the 400 pupils at the school tested negative.
Mutsvangwa said the Health and Child Care Ministry invoked the Public Health Act to quarantine pupils and staff at the school. ■