Zimbabwe Pupils Back at School In Midst of Vaccination Campaign

Examination classes have opened in Zimbabwe after President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the health authorities cleared the reopening, soon after the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures. Mnangagwa decided to relax the measures at a time when the country is progressing with its national vaccination campaign after taking delivery of the first batch of vaccines donated by China in February 2021. The government also announced it is employing more teachers to enable schools to run smaller classes and minimise the risk of a spike in Covid-19 infections. Meanwhile, teachers' unions have threatened not to return to class if the government did not review their working conditions and salaries. As at March 16, 2021 Zimbabwe's cumulative Covid-19 cases stood at 36,504, with 34,051 recoveries and 1,504 deaths.

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Examination-writing pupils and some parents await screening and clearance by authorities at Rusununguko High School in Bromley.

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