Schools reopen under strict health regulations

Examination classes went smoothly back to school yesterday with teachers and pupils following the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

The three examination classes, Grade 7, Form 4 and Form 6, opened yesterday after President Mnangagwa and the health authorities cleared the schools reopening soon after the relaxation of the lockdown level.

The rest of the classes go back on Monday next week.

In Harare yesterday morning schools had opened their education doors, and pupils were being checked for temperature and sanitising hands at the gate before admission. Everyone was wearing a facemask and no one was crowding.

At class entry points, there were buckets to wash hands before entering into classrooms.

Teachers were also in attendance and were wearing facemasks and observing social distancing.

Visits were made to both Government and private schools to sample how the reopening was working: Dzivarasekwa 1 High School, Warren Park High School, Maranatha High School, Herentals College and Cannonbury Junior School.

Whitney Grandy from Cannonbury Junior School in Greendale said they had made sure the required health measures are conducted before the child was admitted into the school premises.

Mr John Dhadhi, Herentals Group of Schools head city centre branch said they are making sure that all writing students are safe.

“Covid-19 is real and so we have to observe all safety protocols to do with Covid-19 preventative measures so that our stakeholders who include students and staff members are safe from this pandemic.

We are very happy to be back to school after close to six months without consistency in learning, which has affected our learners adversely and we hope that we are going to do our best to catch up in terms of the syllabus material that is to be covered,” he said.

The Herald

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