SENIOR STAFF WRITER
LEGISLATORS have lashed the decision by the government to go ahead with the June Ordinary and Advanced level examinations, which start today, saying schools are not ready to deal with the lethal coronavirus, the Daily News reports.
“What the ministry is saying is different from what is on the ground. Things are difficult for various schools,” Chanda said.
“I have visited schools in my constituency. Some of the invigilators don’t have fuel to go for Covid-19 training. Some of the schools don’t have water,” he said.
“Most of our budget was released on Tuesday (last week). So, we started purchasing, procuring and running with things from Thursday up to now.
“Right now, we are collecting thermometers from the ministry of Health and so many things are happening. I would like to say on the ground things are changing,” Thabela said.
“On water, we did a survey and we are aware of areas which don’t have water. The ministry of Lands is working on that issue.
“The ideal situation is to have a thermometer at every centre, but that might not necessarily happen,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) said yesterday that the government should ensure that it supplies PPE, sanitisers and test kits before the examinations commence.
“We remain resolute on the point that if WHO-stipulated prerequisites to contain the novel virus are not in place, we will not release our members to suffer the fate of the poor decision of running June exams unprepared.