Schools to close a week before election day: Mavima

PRIMARY and Secondary education minister, Paul Mavima has said schools will close for a week before elections to pave way for the polls, as some education institutions will be used as polling stations.

BY SHARON SIBINDI

In an interview at the Bulawayo 2018 edition of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF), Mavima said they will present the issue to the Cabinet and bring back the closing date for the second term to a week before to allow elections.

“We know that it will be distractive to have elections on July 30, when schools are in session. This is something we are going to present to the Cabinet and maybe we can bring forward the closing for the second term by a week or so to allow us and have elections,” the minister said.

“Most of our schools are polling stations for elections. We will deal with that and our permanent secretary will be working on that, so that maybe we close a week earlier to allow elections to take place. Then we will find a way to catch up for that lost week.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa proclaimed July 30 as the date for elections.

Initially, schools were due to close on August 9.

Mavima said he was pleased that they have excellent schools, which they identify as champion schools.

“We have very excellent schools that we identify as champion schools. Schools that are taking their own initiative to implement our new curriculum to the fullest.

Coming up with practical projects that serve arenas for the instruction for the education of our learners under the new curriculum. The same projects generate resource for schools,” he said.

6 Comments

  1. Comment…minister mavhima is wholly off the hook on practicals. they should be there for learning not as income generating projects. instead they must be removed especially from primaries where they serve no purpose save for eating away their coffers.

  2. chikazhe rusike

    Comment…the first term was short beccuse of the Easter holiday nd now second term cut sbort for elections. Why cant you guys talk to youd boss tbd presidenf to set the date fo elections during the school holidy, i had legally elections can be held ay day before the 22nd of august

  3. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Ndinovimba kuti zvekuti muchawona kuti vana vapiwe svondo ravacharasikirwa naro nechikonzero chesarudzo zvichaitika
    sekuvimbisa kwaita Gurukota. Nekuti maform 5 makavisa kudaro, nechikonzero chekunonoka kuvhura kwavakaita. Asi apana chati chaitika.

  4. Yaa izvi zva mavhima zvakuzotinetsa we can’t be paying school fees for short terms just a one day thing.

    1. CLIFFORD TAKAYIDZA

      I THINK ITS FINE FOR CHILDREN TO CLOSE EARLY AND YOU THEN RECOVER THE LOST TIME BY OPENING EARLY

  5. CLIFFORD TAKAYIDZA

    I THINK ITS FINE FOR CHILDREN TO CLOSE EARLY AND YOU THEN RECOVER THE LOST TIME BY OPENING EARLY

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