Protect schools: Coltart

Politicians should consider the needs of school children when setting election dates in order to minimise disruptions to school activities, Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, David Coltart has said.

“Politicians should protect the interests of school children whenever they plan elections. Unfortunately, this year there has been little consideration in this regard,” said Coltart.

Most schools were forced to give crash courses to prepare children for set mid-year examinations, as the second term school calendar was cut by a week.

Though time lost in the second term will be compensated in the third term, parents and teachers have to find other ways of making up for the lost time.

The Zimbabwe Teachers Association acknowledged the inconvenience caused to school activities as a result of coming elections. ZIMTA president, Richard Gundani, said, however, people should accommodate national events such as elections.

“As much as school activities should not be disturbed unnecessarily, elections are a priority in any country, as they help bring to power political parties and leadership chosen by people through credible processes,” said Gundani.

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