As a precautionary measure against tropical cyclone Freddy, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has directed schools in Harare not to commence lessons tomorrow. The Ministry has notified schools through WhatsApp groups. However the ministry has informed pupils to remain at home according to Zimeye.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL TOMORROW AS PRECAUTION AGAINST CYCLONE FRED WHICH IS ANTICIPATED TO HIT THE COUNTRY TODAY OR TOMORROW.
NO PUPIL AT ANY SCHOOL SHOULD COME TO SCHOOL TOMORROW, STAY AT HOME,” reads the notice.
In a circular issued by Permanent Secretary Tumisang Thabela, it has been announced that learning has been suspended in several provinces, namely Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, and Matebeleland South. This action is in response to an upcoming tropical cyclone, named Freddy, which is expected to impact Zimbabwe on the 24th and 25th of February.
Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, gives an official statement on schools in regrads to Cyclone Freddy
According to the Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, in order to ensure the safety of students in specific areas, boarding schools in Harare Metropolitan, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Masvingo, and Matabeleland South provinces should not open on Friday.
“Boarding schools should remain open but suspend lessons in the affected areas on Friday to reduce the movement of pupils and they should gather students in buildings or dormitories with secure roofs or spaces where they can get covering if the roof is blown off,” Mutsvangwa told journalists on Wednesday night.
The government has implemented various measures in response to the approaching Cyclone Freddy. These include the establishment of evacuation committees in five provinces and the deployment of aid and medical supplies to government offices in districts anticipated to be most severely affected by the cyclone.
The districts identified as at risk of localized heavy rains beginning Thursday are Chimanimani, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Mwenezi, Beitbridge, Chivi, Masvingo rural, Zaka, and Bikita.
Cyclone Freddy is currently tracking towards the East Africa coastline and is predicted to make landfall in Mozambique in the early hours of Friday.
Prior cyclones have resulted in significant loss of life and widespread devastation in Mozambique, as well as in neighbouring countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.