Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
…Zupco to address crowding
GOVERNMENT has clarified on continuation of school learning term in the midst of Covid-19 fears saying pupils were only left with two weeks to close.
Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing July Moyo said it was necessary to let the pupils go to school because the country was getting into winter season and in an event of an outbreak, the next school term would have to commence late.
The prevalence of the virus according to WHO is said to be higher in winter season.
“Through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, we have started operating procedures for all the headmasters and teachers so that they can help the children while they are going to school.
“We are not banning schools because we understand from the Ministry of Health and Child Care that the virus feeds more on cold weather so if we close schools right now it will be a problem because we are not sure if we will be opening second term.
“But we will continue to monitor and if anything happens before they open schools second term, effective measures will be implemented,” he said.
President Mnangagwa while addressing the nation on Coronavirus pandemic yesterday, suspended gatherings of more than 100 people including purposes of worship and weddings for the next 60 days.
However, issues have been raised with regard to Parliament sessions and Zupco buses which have the gathering of more than 100 people.
Minister Moyo said Parliament is not closed but measures to mitigate the spread of the virus were being implemented.
“In the meantime, we are treating it as a point of gathering so all measures are being taken to make sure that the parliamentarians have hygienic standards.
“Today (yesterday) at Parliament, testing was being conducted at the entrance and there was use of alcohol-based sanitizers.
“Parliamentarians are the ones that live by example because they have influence in different communities throughout the country hence we should on the fore front to educate citizens about the deadly virus.
“On the issue of Zupco buses, the company’s management spoke to me on measures they will be implementing so we will be working closely with them,” he said.