Covid-19: Zimbabwe schools to close early

Please read below the announcement yesterday by the Government of Zimbabwe:


Following concerns from parents, as well representations by the educational sector, Government has decided that all schools and tertiary institutions (colleges, polytechnics and universities) will now close on Tuesday, 24 March, 2020, as a precaution against the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus.

While Zimbabwe has not recorded any cases of the virus to date, Government has
thought it prudent to err on the side of caution, more so in respect of teaching
institutions where human concentration and contact is expectedly high.

The decision is part of the general precautionary measures the country is taking in light of the worldwide outbreak and rapid spread of the Coronavirus.

As I announced on Tuesday, 17h March, 2020, Government will advise on dates for the reopening of all teaching institutions in the country once the threat of the virus is adjudged to have receded.

The date of 24th March should allow for an orderly closure of our institutions,
and for parents to arrange for the safe travel of pupils and students.

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.
President of Zimbabwe.

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My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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