By Rachel Ngosi
Boarding schools in Mberengwa have been hit by the covid -19 pandemic with Chegato high school recording 59 positive cases while Masase high school recorded 40 positive cases.
Schools opened last week for non-examination classes, while examination classes opened a week earlier.
In an interview with Great Dyke news24, Progressive Teachers Union president Doctor Takavafira Zhou said students and teachers were supposed to be tested before the opening of schools.
” If you look at these schools there are students who are even coming from South Africa, so there was a need to test the staff and students.
“There is also a need for the distribution of test kits in schools,” said Dr. Zhou.
He also said most schools were not ready to open as some schools had no running water and electricity.
“Some of these schools do not have constant running water and electricity, they depend on dams,”. said Doctor Zhou.
“It’s not only Mberengwa but also Nyamuka, Christian Mambo, Tongwe High in Beitbridge, what we need now are testing kits because they are not enough, we also need an urgent meeting between teacher unions, the responsible Ministry and other stakeholders”.
In a separate interview, Mberengwa Mberengwa district development coordinator Ndeya Nyede confirmed the cases saying a team has been dispatched to the two learning institutions to conduct more tests.
Mberengwa District Schools Inspector Germination Moyo said they are still compiling the statistics.
Efforts to get a comment from the education authorities are underway.