GOVERNMENT on Tuesday announced that schools would open in two weeks, in a two-phase approach.
Speaking during a post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said exam classes would open on March 15, with the rest of the classes joining a week later.
“Cabinet agreed that the school calendar for 2021 starts on a slightly phased approach, with the examination classes opening on 15th March and the rest on 22nd March 2021.
Teachers for examination classes should therefore report for duty on the 10th of March, and the rest on 17th March, 2021.”
With all schools required to maintain social distancing and observe World Health Organisation (WHO) and Government recommendations and guidelines, schools that cannot adhere because of huge numbers have been asked to rotate and practice e-learning.
“There shall be rotational school attendance in classes where learners cannot exercise social distancing. On the days when learners are not at school, they will be engaged through strategies such as Open Distance Learning and e-learning.
“Relevant modules are already under production. Among the catch-up strategies, all continuing classes will start with 2020 work. Syllabi have been compressed to facilitate accelerated coverage. Both primary and secondary school levels will follow three levels of accelerated compressed syllabus coverage.”