Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ has concluded its research on the state of preparedness of schools to handle the cholera outbreak. Our Schools are not safe and have no capacity to mitigate against the deadly cholera outbreak.
Harare day schools are the worst affected given the high mobility of Harare population coupled with lack of safe running water.
The centralized model of both the governance and economic architecture of our country forces citizens from all over the country to go to Harare for one reason or the other. Under such circumstances no one is safe. Schools in rural outposts will be the worst affected soon as they don’t have running water.
Following the suspension of lessons at Glen View 5 Primary School in Harare, ARTUZ calls for the closure of all schools, in line with government’s pronouncement banning all public gatherings.
Schools should only open when we have successfully contained the cholera pandemic.
The Union has communicated this position to the line Ministry of Education.