Government has revealed that schools would likely re-open in August and run until Christmas time.
Speaking during an online workshop for journalists organised by the United Nations Development Programme and Higher Life Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services, the ministry’s permanent secretary Nick Mangwana said schools may not re-open soon.
“We still need to bring people to classes and whatever number of days that have been lost in the current school calendar would have to be covered.
“It may mean that we are going to open schools around maybe August and go all the way to Christmas with no breaking between.
“I am not saying this is what we are going to do, but we are still talking so that we ensure learners recover,” he said.
He added that introducing online learning in Zimbabwe will be a challenge as the majority of pupils live in rural areas where there is little access to electricity and the high cost of mobile data.
“The school calendar is one of the most affected in our country because of the lockdown and because of the virus.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is working on ensuring that those who can do things online right now can continue learning.
“Introducing online learning in Zimbabwe will be a challenge as the majority of pupils live in rural areas where there is little access to electricity and the prohibitive cost of mobile data,” he said.