Primary and Secondary Education Minister Evelyn Ndlovu said schools will remain open until 17 December as previously announced as the outbreak of COVID-19 in learning institutions is now under control.
She was speaking on Monday at the official handover of 100 000 washable masks by the Biomedical Research and Training Institute meant for schools. Said Ndlovu:
Yes, we have recorded cases in schools, but we have managed to contain them and schools will continue as earlier announced. Children are actually in the middle of exams as we speak.
… This donation comes at the most opportune time as our country is facing the omicron variant.
We continue urging all learners to adhere to the SOPs set by the WHO.
Biomedical Research and Training Institute Administrator, Tendai Muchena said:
Looking at the recent reports we felt this will benefit the schools hence this donation of washable face masks.
A few weeks ago the Government started vaccinating teenagers aged 16 and 17 against COVID-19 as it seeks to attain herd immunity by the end of December this year.
To date, 3 874 694 people have received the first dose while 2 884 045 have received both jabs.