No Separate Calendar for Trust Schools…Deviants to be Deregistered

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Takudzwa Chihambakwe

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education says there will be no separate calendar to be used by Trust Schools.

Trust Schools had allegedly written to the ministry asking for a different calendar to that which will be used by other students in Zimbabwe.

The request is said to have been based on the fact that most students from Trust Schools had been proceeding with their learning remotely.

However, the Ministry of Education says no separate calendar will be used.

“It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education that there are claims that the Association of Trust Schools’ (ATS) has its own 2021 school calendar.

“The Ministry takes this opportunity to advise its valued learners, parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders that in terms of the Education (Non-Government Schools) Regulations of 2005, Section 9 (1): The Secretary shall prepare an annual school calendar to determine the days during each term when pupils shall be required to attend school for instruction,” read a statement from Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Permanent Secretary, Tumisang Thabela.

The regulations further state in Section 9 (3): “In special circumstances, the Secretary…may permit a school to open or close, or both, on dates other than those specified by the school calendar for any term.”

The Secretary has published the revised 2021 school calendar and has not allowed any school to deviate from it. All schools are therefore, expected to adhere to the 2021 school calendar announced by Government.