Teachers petition Parly over surge in COVID-19 cases

TEACHERS yesterday petitioned Parliament demanding safety guarantees in the face of the fast-rising COVID-19 cases. In 2021, several schoolchildren were infected with the virus, resulting in prolonged closure of schools. In their petition which was handed over during a meeting with two MPs, 50 teachers and two school dropouts in Harare, the educators accused the Primary and Secondary Education ministry of failing to implement measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in schools. “We the teachers of Zimbabwe, organising under the ‘Save Our Education’, are worried about massive spreading of COVID-19…

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Gutu CIO forcing transfer of Serima High teacher

Chief Serima (born Vengai Rushwaya) and ZANU PF MP John Paradza have allegedly ordered Batsiranayi Ngugama, a teacher at Serima High School in Gutu, to find another school as he is considered a “security threat” at his current school. The traditional leader and Paradza allegedly enlisted the services of officers from the President’s Office (CIO), to have Ngugama forced out of the school after labelling him a security threat. Ngugama’s lawyers, Matutu and Mureri on Tuesday wrote a letter to Gutu District Schools Inspector (DSI), Ronald Muganhu complaining against his…

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New School Calendar To Be Released Soon

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is expected to release a revised school calendar soon after Cabinet on Wednesday announced the date for the resumption of classes. Spokesperson in the Ministry Taungana Ndoro said a decision on school terms as well as calendar spelling out closing dates will be announced soon. Said Ndoro: The ministry executive is in communities preparing for the resumption of classes as well as encouraging everyone to come back to school. The Permanent Secretary will release the schools’ calendar possibly before the end of the…

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Schools Reopening: Learners To Take Turns Coming To School

Children will not come to school every weekday when schools reopen in order to decongest classrooms and control the spread of the coronavirus. This was said by Bulawayo Provincial Education Director (PED), Olicah Kaira while speaking during the ongoing community outreach programme in Bulawayo by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to prepare for the reopening of schools. Kaira also urged parents to assist their children to participate in the ongoing e-learning programmes. She said: As a province, we are encouraging children to join the e-learning programme through WhatsApp,…

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Government Considering Reopening Schools

The Government is considering reopening schools following a fall in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in recent weeks. Schools closed on June 4 and were set to open for the second term on June 28. However, the reopening was postponed because new COVID-19 deaths and infections were on the rise. The Government is still to announce when schools will open but the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has been preparing for reopening. Community Working Group on Health director Mr Itai Rusike said in preparation for the…

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Teachers Want ZIMSEC Nov. 2021 Examinations Deferred To 2022

Teachers’ unions want the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) to defer the November 2021 public examinations to 2022 following disruption of the school calendar by the COVID-19-induced lockdown. Speaking to NewsDay on Monday, Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Takavafira Zhou said it would be irresponsible for authorities to frog-march students into examinations given the disruptions they have experienced. Said Zhou: The possibility of 2021 candidates writing examinations this year is minimal. With schools likely to open from mid-September 2021, examinations can only be written in early 2022 after three months…

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Govt, Teachers Meet Over Schools Reopening

The government says it has allocated ZWL$500 million to schools as part of its commitment to ensuring that they reopen in a safe environment for both learners and teachers. Last week (Friday), government representatives and teachers’ unions held a virtual meeting where the teachers’ representatives managed, for the first time, to air their grievances. Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson Taungana Ndoro told NewsDay that the government will also speak with different teachers’ unions on the way forward. Said Ndoro: The ministry has always been concerned with ensuring quality education in…

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Student Writes To ZIMSEC Demanding Release Of Seized Results

A 2020 O-Level student, Ashley Mutandwa, has written to the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (Zimsec) demanding the release of her results seized on allegations of examination cheating. Zimsec withheld Mutandwa’s examination results claiming that she illegally accessed the November 2020 Mathematics paper 2 question paper before entering the examination room at Intellect College in Norton. Through her lawyer, Alex Majachani, Mutandwa has written to ZIMSEC in a letter dated June 21 also copied to Intellect College, Mashonaland West provincial director, district school’s inspector and Mashonaland West Zimsec regional manager, denying…

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Consider Reopening Schools After Mid-September, Teachers Tell Govt

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) said public schools are not ready for opening, contrary to the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Cain Matema’s assertions. In a statement on Tuesday, PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou said according to preliminary results from its ongoing national survey, 98% of the schools are unprepared, with only 2% of schools in private and former group A schools prepared for the second term. This comes after Mathema recently declared that most schools in Masvingo Province were ready to reopen. Mathema also informed Parliament that…

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Schools Remain Closed As Lockdown Is Extended

Schools remain closed as the government extended a strict lockdown to decrease the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The government said schools will only reopen when the COVID-19 curve has flattened. Authorities had previously said schools remain closed until 10 August when a review of the state of the COVID-19 trend would have been made. Schools were initially scheduled to reopen on the 28th of June but authorities postponed the reopening following the outbreak of the third wave attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus first detected in India.…

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