Honorable Minister Cain Mathema announced that students should prepare for the reopening of schools as the country moves ahead with vaccinations against COVID-19.

The opening of schools for the 2nd term of 2021 penciled for the 26th of July after being deferred because of the surge in COVID-19 infections has once again been rescheduled. Honorable H.C Mathema has urged schools and other learning institutions to continue with preparations for the safe opening of schools and learning activities as they await the President’s approval.

This announcement came after the Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa announced an extension to the pre-existing lockdown with another 14 days.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana, also clarified this after rumors of schools being ordered to open surfaced.

“Schools have not been ordered to reopen but parents and guardians have been advised to start preparing for the eventual reopening of schools in the future. Such preparations include preparing PPE supplies for their children and wards.”

The country has recently been recording a rise in confirmed cases with 105, 656 cases and 3, 421 deaths being reported to the World Health Organization as of the 30th of July 2021. July was the worst month for COVID-19 infections and deaths as 107 people succumbed to the virus on the 26th of July.

Nevertheless, the Government continues to combat further upsurge of the virus by ensuring the distribution of vaccinations across the country with 2, 127, 402 doses administered as of the 26th of July since the vaccination programme commenced in February.