MASVINGO-The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has lifted restrictions on parents visiting their children at boarding schools, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Tumisang Thabela, has said.
In a press statement dated June 26, 2023, she says that COVID-19, which led to the indefinite suspension of parental visits, is no longer a public health emergency. Visits stopped in 2020.
The statement addressed to school authorities- headmasters, Provincial Education Directors (PEDs) and staff and teachers’ associations, states that the Ministry will continue adhering to strict COVID-19 screening precautions.
“Given the foregoing, The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has revised its position on parental visits to children at boarding schools. With immediate effect, heads are allowed to resume the previous practice of organised parental visits to schools.
“The Ministry will however, maintain temperature screening; strict hand washing, availability of clean water, and high standards of sanitization and hygiene at every learning institution as permanent measures for mitigating against communicable and influenza-like diseases in our schools,” reads part of the statement.
The Ministry has also stated that vaccination of students at all schools will continue.