The ministry will register virtual schools

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The Chronicle

Patrick Chitumba, Head of the Midlands Bureau
THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is working on registration mechanisms for virtual schools as a way to supplement online courses organized in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has resulted in the closure of schools, affecting 4.6 million learners in primary and secondary schools.

As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, where education is delivered via distance and on digital platforms.

In an interview on the sidelines of the launch of the Vision of Primary and Secondary Education (Vopse) at Loreto High School in Silobela yesterday, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Cain Mathema declared endless in view of the Covid pandemic- 19, The Ministry was seeking to formulate measures that will allow the registration of virtual schools in the country.

Minister Mathema said the country cannot continue to have students who do not go to school.

“We cannot continue to keep our children out of school. No, we cannot have a generation that will be affected by this pandemic. So we have laws in the country that allow us to register these public and private schools. But we don’t have one to register virtual schools and we need it. So, as a ministry, we are looking for mechanisms to allow us to register virtual classes. This is the way to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, ”he said.

The government has announced that schools across the country will remain closed as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.

Minister Mathema urged schools, parents and learners to embrace e-learning as the government reflects on when schools will reopen.

“With this sudden change in the classroom, the adoption of e-learning will continue to persist after the pandemic. Remember that we have to face this pandemic which is the new normal. Students must attend classes, ”he said.

Minister Mathema said competency-based curriculum and Vopse require that teaching and learning as well as assessment leads to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, competences, values ​​and attitudes that prepare learners well for their future and that of the country.

Skills and competences, he said, must lead to the production of quality goods and services.

“Our education must lead to the search for solutions to challenges within communities if it is to be worth the investment made in it,” said Minister Matema.

“An education sector that makes money for the school, the community and the country is what we need. We must recognize the role that schools play in their contribution to the economy of the country. We cannot have students who speak good English and are looking for a job. Cabinet has approved schools to be commercial entities, but we don’t want our schools to be engines of slavery. Students should not be used as slaves. Children mix what they see and work with professionals.

He said that it is necessary to teach the students so that they remain in charge of the economy.

The Minister, who was accompanied by Education Secretary Ms. Tumisang Thabela, visited various ongoing economic projects at Loreto High School and Anderson High School in Gweru.

Projects include poultry, horticulture and bottled water.


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