The government of Zimbabwe has ordered the closing of face-to-face lessons and students residences in the wake of an increase in Covid-19 cases.
In a letter sent to all tertiary institutions, the secretary for the Higher Education Ministry ordered the institutions to comply with the directive by July 24.
Part of the communique read:
“It is now observed that Covid-19 cases are escalating daily and this may put the lives of students and members of staff in our institutions at high risk.
In view of the foregoing, the Ministry is hereby directing that all tertiary education Institutions, with immediate effect, suspend face-to-face lectures on campus and continue with e-learning.
In this regard, all students should vacate halls of residence by Friday, 24 July 2020.
The Ministry is working flat out to ensure all institutions are adequately resourced with the necessary infrastructure to facilitate access to quality e-learning.”
The move comes as Chinhoyi University was ordered to close campus activity after one of its lecturers tested positive for Covid-19.