The government has directed that day scholars attending schools in six out of the country’s ten provinces should not attend school on Friday, 24 February 2023 due to Tropical Cyclone Freddy which is approaching the country from Mozambique.
This was revealed in a circular dated 23 February 2023 and addressed to Chief Directors, Head Office Directors, Provincial Education Directors (PEDs), District School Inspectors (DSI), heads of Primary and Secondary schools, principals of independent colleges, staff associations, responsibled authorities, Association of Trust Schools and church education secretaries.
The circular was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Tumisang Thabela. Part of the circular reads:
Tropical Storm Freddy may bring heavy rains over Eastern Zimbabwe, and thereafter, spread to other parts of the country from 24 to 25 February 2023.
In view of the impending heavy rains, all institutions providing Primary and Secondary Education are advised that localised flash floods caused by Tropical Storm Freddy are probable in parts of… Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland South (parts bordering Masvingo), Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central provinces as well as Harare Metropolitan province.
The above-named areas have been placed on high alert and as a result of this extreme weather likelihood, no pupils within the above-named areas are to attend school or face-to-face instruction on Friday 24 February 2023.
Student boarders are to remain in their hostels and continue with their studies via alternative learning modes from the confines of a safe environment.
Heads of schools in these provinces are advised to exercise caution by notifying day pupils not to attend school on Friday 24 February 2023 or to attempt to cross any flooded rivers.
Please be guided accordingly.