The government has announced the reopening of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 in boarding schools, as well as grades 9, 11, and 12 in day schools.
The government has also announced that grade 7 classes will begin in primary schools on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
Amos Malupenga, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, stated this morning at a joint briefing with the Ministry of General Education and the Disaster Mitigation and Management Unit-DMMU- that the situation will be closely monitored and reviewed.
Mr. Malupenga claims that the decision to reopen schools will allow exam classes to adequately prepare for their exams, and that there is an urgent need to make up for the time lost during the 7-month closure last year.
He claims that the reopening of the remaining classes will be contingent on the Ministry of General Education’s inspection.
At the same briefing, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Vice President Stephen Mwansa stated that all schools will be fumigated before reopening, and that all boarding schools will be supplied with food, face masks, and hand sanitizers.
Meanwhile, Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, has urged parents to make sure their children wear properly made cloth masks to school rather than medical masks that must be changed every few hours.