Schools, universities to close early

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H-Metro Reporter

President Mnangagwa yesterday announced new dates for the closure of all schools, universities and colleges as measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 reached a new level.

Although the country is yet to record a case of Covid-19, President Mnangagwa said government has decided to err on the side of caution.

Below is the President’s statement in full;


Following concerns from parents, as well representations by the educational sector, government has decided that all schools and tertiary institutions (Colleges, polytechnics and universities) will now close on Tuesday 24th March 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 contact is expectedly high.

The decision is part of the general precautionary measures the country is taking in light of the worldwide outbreak and rapid spread of the coronavirus.

As I announced on Tuesday, 17th March, 2020, government will advise on dates for reopening of all teaching institutions in the country once the threat of the virus is adjudged to have receded.

The date of 24th March should allow for an orderly closure of our institutions, and for parents to arrange for the safe travel of pupils and students.