We are two weeks into the shortened school calendar and we are about to encounter our first public holiday, Easter. This coming Friday is Good Friday and the usual ensuing Easter weekend, all of which are public holidays in Zimbabwe. This means that students will also take a break from learning something that was factored into the shortened school calendar. However, there was an unresolved issue: some students wanted to travel back home for the Easter Holidays. The government has said no.

According to popular online publication 263Chat, the government has inline with WHO guidelines decided not to allow boarding school students to travel back home for Easter as this would cause a spike in cases. The same restrictions apply to students who had travelled to urban or rural areas but are not boarders. Students will have to stay put and wait for the Easter holidays to pass before they resume lessons next week. This is hardly news for most mission schools but some private schools have traditionally allowed students to travel.

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