Cain Mathema, the Minister for Education prophesied ignorance over as he claimed that he was unaware of teachers were planning no to report for duty in Protest over poor salaries and working conditions including lack of personal protective equipment (PPEs).

The Minister who was responding to media questions during a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday said, “We all know the government and representatives of teachers are in negotiations and the issue that teachers will go on strike I am hearing it for the first.

This comes at a time when the government announced a staggered schools reopening plan on Tuesday with learners who are due for final examinations this year set for reopening on the 28th of September.

 June ZIMSEC examinations kicked off despite that learners were not accessing education services since March when the government advised closing of schools to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-!9 pandemic.

In the same briefing, the Minister for Information Monica Mutsvangwa stressed that the government was pleased with the measures, “taken to ensure that schools are reopened for examination classes in a safe environment.

She said, “Progress has been made on the comprehensive logistical plan for the coordinated, accelerated completion of the schools’ WASH project; the supply and distribution of PPE, hygiene kits, disinfectants, and infrared thermometers to all public schools.

Education Minister told the Media that, “Cabinet is pleased to announce that Cambridge Examination Centres reopened successfully on 14 September 2020 and no health incidents were reported.”

In light of the high level of preparedness in the education sector, schools will be reopened in a phased manner. Phase 1 will open on September 28; this will entail Grade 7, Forms 4 and 6. Phase 2 will open on 26 October 2020 and will involve Grade 6, Form 3, and 5. Finally, Phase 3 will open on 9 November 2020 covering the rest of the learners which covers ECD A and B, Grade 1,2,3,4,5, Form 1, and 2,” he added.

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