GOVERNMENT has denied reports that schools’ closing dates had been brought forward to November 28 instead of December 4 to make way for the hosting of the African Union Sports Council Under-20 Region 5 Youth Games.
The Games are scheduled to be officially launched by President Robert Mugabe in Bulawayo on December 4.
In an interview yesterday, Bulawayo provincial education officer Dan Moyo said he was not aware of any change of dates on the schools calendar.
“I am not aware that the Youth Games will affect the school closing dates,” he said.
According to the Zimbabwe school calendar, primary and secondary schools are due to close for the third term on December 4.
Bulawayo is to host 11 countries from the region in December with participants taking part in athletics, netball, swimming, basketball, football, tennis, boxing and judo from December 5 to 14.
“The aim of the Games is to use sport to achieve peace, integration and unity on the continent and to encourage Africans to develop together irrespective of colour, economic status, class or gender.”
Facilities at the National University of Science and Technology, Hillside Teachers College, Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo City Pool, Barbourfields Stadium, Luveve Stadium and White City Stadium will be the venues for the games.
A total of 120 Zimbabwean athletes are already in camp for the regional championships.