The Basic Education Department has announced that it will be delaying the reopening of schools. The department said it made this decision in an effort to save lives.
Schools will now reopen on the 15th of February. The department said it will work on persuading private schools to also delay reopening.
“Given the pressure experienced by the health system in the past few weeks, occasioned by increased Covid-19 infections which has led to the second wave, the council of education ministers in conjunction with the national coronavirus command council and cabinet has taken the decision to delay the reopening of both public and private schools by two weeks,” deputy basic education minister Reginah Mhaule told a media briefing.
- Monday 25 January - School Management Teams (SMTs) will report for duty
- Monday 1 Feb - Teachers will report for duty
- Monday 15 Feb - Learners will return to school
"CEM took this difficult decision, having considered all factors as backed up by research and statistics, regarding the current state of the health system. The priority remains saving lives."
The Deputy Minister said the department has to be cautious because the new variant affects old and young people.
The Department of Basic Education will be guided by the Department of Health, as it plans for the reopening of schools.