EXAMINATION class students at St Pauls Musami Mission in Mashonaland East are in panic mode after Covid-19 claimed the life of a teacher whom they had contact with, Zim Morning Post can report.
The deceased, Gibson Pasirai, succumbed to Covid-19 on January 6 according to a communique authored by school headmaster, Richard Hlombe.
“It is with a sad and heavy heart that I inform you of the death of one of our teachers, Mr Gibison Pasirai (Maths). He passed on today (January 6) on admission at St Paul’s Musami Hospital. We await post mortem results. May His Soul Rest In Peace,” wrote Hlombe.
He later revealed the results.
“The result is now out. It is Covid-19 positive,” he wrote.
He appealed to well-wishers to contribute towards the funeral and provided the contacts of the deceased’s surviving spouse Jennifer.
This development confirms the fears by various teachers’ unions on the premature opening of schools to examination classes without provision of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
At the time of writing, it could not be ascertained whether the students were taken for testing after this exposure.
Insiders at St Pauls Musami said Pasirai’s death had left students in a state of shock and fear which could have detrimental effects in their bid to adequately prepare for the impending examinations.
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou said as of January 5 “more than 50 school heads across the country tested positive to Covid-19, while several other teachers and pupils are vulnerable.”
“The Ministry has not come up with any robust approach to Covid-19 thereby leaving teachers and pupils vulnerable,” he said.
“In light of lack of prioritisation of the health and safety of teachers and pupils, we hereby advice teachers to stay at home and save their lives. There is no life after death and those that require the services of teachers must also invest in teachers’ welfare, health and safety. To be forewarned is to be forearmed,” Zhou added.
Zimbabwe is currently under a 30-day lock-down in light of the recent upsurge in Covid-19 cases.