School Demands COVID-19 Results As Nine Pupils Test Positive
Less than a week after schools reopened for examination classes, nine pupils at Kriste Mambo High School have tested positive to Covid-19. This has raised concerns about the non-examination classes reopening on Monday, prompting the Health ministry to order non-examination classes students at the school to get tested on admission Sunday.
In a letter addressed to parents and guardians by the school head Monica Maparura, all the students coming to the school on Sunday are now required to produce Covid-19 results of a Rapid Antigen Test before being allowed into the school.
The school head wrote, "We would like to inform you that after receiving exam classes, we had some learners who exhibited some Covid-19 symptoms on day five of opening. We procedurally informed the ministry of Health. 18 learners included those who exhibited some symptoms and their contacts were tested. Nine of them tested positive.
"The Health ministry assessment revealed that the cases were imported and not local. In view of this, the Health Ministry has recommended that all students who are coming to school tomorrow (Sunday, 5 September 2021) should produce Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test so as to assist the school in implementing relevant measures."
The government re-opened schools for examination classes on 30 August 2021 and scheduled to re-open schools for non-examination classes on Monday 6 September. However, just a week into the new school calendar, schools are already recording new Covid-19 cases as feared by teachers that schools will become Covid-19 superspreaders.
The government is yet to comment on the new development although the health ministry has recorded fewer new cases of the coronavirus as well as low deaths compared to previous weeks.