The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) Monday said the COVID-19 situation remained bad in schools and accused the government of failing to deal with the situation.
Two weeks ago, several boarding schools in the Mberengwa district in the Midlands province were hit by COVID-19 infections, sending students and parents into a panic mode.
PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou said some of the affected schools included Masase, Mnene, Chegato and Msume. Zhou added:
The situation remains bad. Several schools are getting infections in Midlands and the ministry (Primary and Secondary Education) has adopted a sinister motive of ordering COVID-19 positive students to stay at home for two weeks rather than quarantining them.
He accused the Primary and Secondary Education ministry of failing to meet with teachers since the opening of schools to discuss their preparedness to deal with COVID-19 at learning institutions.
Zhou said the affected schools in the province did not have adequate test kits to test “many pupils that are showing clear signs of COVID-19 in order to keep the figures low in schools.”
Midlands Provincial statistician on COVID-19 statistics, Reginald Mhene, however, dismissed claims by Zhou that the province had inadequate testing kits. Said Mhene:
The situation is under control, test kits are adequate and pupils from day schools who are positive and stable are isolating at home after home assessment.
Mhene did not indicate the number of students that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the province to date.