A TOTAL of $600 million has been set aside by the Government for disbursement to needy schools to improve sanitation and enable them to reopen safely without risking a spike in Covid-19 infections.
This is part of a raft of measures, informed by World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, that authorities have put in place ahead of the reopening of public examination classes on September 28. The money is targeted for allocation to schools in all the provinces, with priority being given to those with less capacity to ensure the safety of schoolchildren and staff.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema yesterday said the Government held a meeting with representatives of church-owned schools to ensure they were also in the game ahead of the resumption of classes.
Churches own a number of schools in the country and are key stakeholders in the education sector.
Those writing Cambridge examinations this year resumed classes yesterday, while those writing Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) examinations are expected to resume classes on September 28.
Representatives of church-owned schools told Minister Mathema that they were ready for the resumption of classes under WHO recommended guidelines to ensure the safety of students, teachers, supporting staff and other stakeholders.