Coronavirus: Artuz calls for schools closure

Artuz leader Obert Masaraure
  • No running water in most schools
  • Threatens to forcefully withdraw members from work stations

THE Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) on Thursday called for the closure of schools as a measure to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artuz secretary general Robson Chere said no mechanisms were put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus which poses a threat to pupils and teachers.

“No serious measures have been put in place for every school to prepare for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

He added that some pupils have parents travelling from affected countries for the Easter holidays hence pupils and teachers are left exposed.

“Parents for our pupils are coming back from abroad for the Easter holidays which leave us in an exposed situation,” he also added.

Chere also noted that almost all schools have an enrolment of more than a hundred pupils and therefore warrants closure in line with the Presidential decree passed on Tuesday.

He urged the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to immediately close all government schools on March 20, 2020.

He said the organisation will forcefully withdraw their members from schools, if the ministry remains static concerning the issue.

Chere further noted that washing hands is a major prevention measure, however, most schools have no running water.

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