On the morning of 15 January 2021 the Deputy Minister of Basic Education Reginah Mhaule,
addressed the nation regarding plans to reopen schools for the 2021 academic year.
Private and Public schools had previously been scheduled to reopen on the 27th January 2021.
However, the Deputy Minister declared on this day that schools would only reopen on the 15th
February 2021. ‘’The council of education ministers in conjunction with the national coronavirus
command council and cabinet has taken the decision to delay the reopening of both public and
public schools with two weeks,’’ Mhaule explained.
According to the Deputy Minister, the decision to postpone the reopening of schools comes after
considering the immense pressure placed on medical personnel. This is due to the rise in COVID-19
infections during the second wave of the pandemic. ‘’ The priority remains to save lives,’’ she stated.
In her brief to the public, Mhaule explained that school management teams are expected to be back
at work on the 25th January 2021. Subsequent to their return, educators would then be allowed to
report to work on the 1 st February 2021. This is to ensure that there is adequate preparation done in
order for the 2021 academic year to commence.