TO avoid disrupting education caused by delayed school openings due to the Cholera outbreak, parents, schools, and pupils will have to settle for one-week break in April before the start of term 2.
In a press briefing today, Minister of Education Hon Douglas Siakalima Said all public, private, and community learning institutions, spanning early childhood, primary, and secondary schools, will remain closed for an additional three weeks beyond the official opening date of January 8, 2024.
This decision aims to mitigate the spread of Cholera within educational settings.
The revised reopening date for schools is now set for Monday, January 29, 2024.
To compensate for the lost time during the extended closure, the first term holidays have been drastically shortened.
Pupils will now have only one week of vacation, ending on April 20, 2024.
In addition to these changes, Minister Siakalima emphasized the necessity for all learning institutions to undergo thorough cleaning and maintain elevated levels of hygiene during the prolonged closure.
“Learning institutions should maintain a high level of hygiene at both personal and institutional levels as guided by the ministry of health,” Syakalima said.
“School inspections and sensitizations will be intensified at all levels in order to ensure compliance to the above guidelines.
Syakalima encouraged parents and guardians to utilise available alternative modes of learning such as E-learning platforms to keep the pupils busy during the prolonged closure.
This directive aims to curb the spread of Cholera and ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for students and educators.
Since the Cholera outbreak in October, the ministry of health recorded 3757 case and 128 deaths, with 16 deaths announced in the last 24 hours.
By Moses Makwaya
Picture credit: Ministry of Education
Kalemba January 4, 2023