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Govt hunts for new quarantine centres

GOVERNMENT says there is need for identification of alternative quarantine centers paving way for the re-opening of educational institutions.

The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said this to members of the media during a post-cabinet briefing held in Harare. This is because most quarantine centres being used in the country are educational facilities.

“Cabinet further agreed as follows: that suitable designated facilities be identified for the purpose of quarantining ex-convicts and other persons manifesting violent behavior; that alternative quarantine centers be identified to pave way for the opening of educational institutions,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

“That modalities be put in place to ensure a blended e-learning system that benefits all learners in the country, including those from the rural areas; and that orders for the procurement of critical hospital equipment for the refurbished major health facilities be urgently placed with suppliers.”

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Thumisang Thabela said the June Zimsec examinations said the June exams, are starting from June 29 up to July 29.

Schools were closed in March two weeks before official closing dates due to the Covid-19 emergency and now the government is putting in place measures in accordance with WHO guidelines to ensure safety for both pupils and teachers when schools reopen.

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However, teachers’ unions are resisting the moves to re-open schools, saying it is not safe to do so as Covid-19 cases are still rising, moreso in the winter.

The unions want Government to take a cue from Cambridge, an international examinations body which cancelled the May/June 2020 examinations.

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