The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has reintroduced a five-day learning week for all learners as schools reopen for the second term.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, learners in some schools were attending classes at least three days per week where the schools had no capacity to properly decongest classrooms.
Speaking in an interview with The Herald on Monday, 2 May, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson Taungana Ndoro said:
Everything is now in place for the opening of schools for the second term. Boarders went back to school today (yesterday) and day scholars will begin classes tomorrow (today).
We now have a five-day school week as we are no longer alternating classes, but we will still be adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to make sure that we have a safe environment for our learners.
Since we have put in place the SOPs and adopted the World Health Organisation recommended protocols as well as the vaccination of children aged 12 years and above, this allows us to have a normal five-day week for all learners.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu welcomed the uninterrupted reopening of schools. Said Ndlovu:
The opening is good in the sense that we are going to see children having a full tutorial.
The encouragement is that as much as possible children should have full classes as opposed to half classes and alternating.
This means that we have also contained the plague of the Covid-19 virus which is a positive development.