Africa-Press – Zimbabwe. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is confident that its strategy to compensate for learning time lost because of coronavirus-induced lockdowns last year and early this year is working.
The government introduced extensive learning and remedial teaching for learners to catch up in preparation for public examinations.
That was after the first term kicked off in March following a second wave that hit the country in January.
When lessons resumed in March this year, classes were limited which meant that some learners only had in-person classes for either two or three days per week.
The director of communications and advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Taungana Ndoro said:
Our catch-up strategy is impressive. We are proud of what we have put in place for continued quality and wholesome education for all Zimbabweans.
Ndoro also said the government was generally pleased that it had contained the virus in schools, as the situation could have been worse. He said:
We are pleased with the robust surveillance system we put in place to curb and manage the spread of COVID-19. So far we have recorded 90 per cent recoveries in our schools, which is impressive.
Going forward and into the holidays, we plead with our learners, parents, guardians, teachers and school staff to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 so that we do not have another round of cases when schools open for the second term on 28 June.
During the first term, about 600 learners and teachers were infected with the disease. Of these 600 cases, Matabeleland South province had 252 cases at Sacred Heart Primary and Secondary Schools and another 156 at Embakwe High School.
In Manicaland, 216 learners and seven staff at St David’s Bonda High School tested positive, while another 46 cases were detected at George Silundika Secondary School in Matabeleland North.