PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday brought forward the closing dates for schools and tertiary institutions to next Tuesday as a precaution against the outbreak of COVID-19.
In a statement yesterday, the President said the decision follows concerns from parents and stakeholders in the education sector.
“Following concern from parents as well as representations by the educational sector, Government has decided that all schools and tertiary institutions (colleges, polytechnics and universities) will now close on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, as a precaution against the outbreak and spread of coronavirus.
“While Zimbabwe has not recorded any cases of the virus to date, Government has thought it prudent to err on the side of caution, more so in respect of teaching institutions where human concentration and conduct is expectedly high. The decision is part of the general precautionary measures the country is taking in light of the world-wide outbreak and rapid spread of the coronavirus.
“As I announced on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Government will advise on dates for the re-opening of all teaching institutions in the country once the threat of the virus is adjudged to have receded.
“The date of March 24 should allow an orderly closure of our institutions, and for parents to arrange for the safe travel of pupils and students,” said President Mnangagwa.