Sick bays set up at boarding schools . . . as non-exam learners resume classes

Schools today reopen for non-examination classes for the long second and final term of 75 teaching days for these classes, without exeat weekends, and with temporary holding and sick bays set up at most boarding schools in anticipation of any positive case.

Schools closed prematurely on June 4 as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Examination classes comprising Grade 7, Form Four and Upper Six opened last week while today all non-examination classes will begin.

Boarders left yesterday, while day scholars will report for classes today.

Ahead of reopening today, parents and guardians accompanied boarders for the four non-examination high school forms to collection points where their schools sent buses.

Some parents could be seen doing last-minute shopping before seeing off their children or getting ready for school runs this morning.

Most parents and guardians said they were happy their children were going back to learn after a long holiday, but at the same time sighed over an increase in school fees and high uniform prices.

Mr Tinashe Dzapasi of Harare said parents were not given enough time to prepare.

“We are happy that finally children have returned to school. The situation could have been better if school fees was not increased or if parents were allowed to have payment plans,” he said.

Government schools do allow payment plans for fees and levies, but most non-Government schools have asked for all fees upfront.

Mr Lewis Kusema said due to lockdown, some parents were facing challenges and the short notice for the opening of schools dealt them a huge blow.

Pupils in Harare converged at the Harare Showgrounds, Mbare Musika and the open space near the Harare Magistrates’ Courts in Abdel Gamal Nasser Road awaiting transport.

They were sanitised before boarding the buses.

In Midlands, it was a hive of activity at every school as pupils could be seen in long queues while checking in with their schools.


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