The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has opened an online application platform for the boarding places of Form 1 of 2022.
The schools are scheduled to close this Friday and open for the first quarter next year on January 11. Despite an increase in Covid-19 cases, national public examinations are being held as scheduled. However, the increase in cases has left parents and students wondering if schools will open on the set date next year.
Since last year, the government has made significant strides in providing a safe environment for students to learn and write exams amid growing Covid-19 cases in communities. Some schools have been forced to suspend lessons after registering Covid-19 cases, while exams have progressed as planned.
In a statement, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ms. Tumisang Thabela, said that the registration that begins today will run until January 31. He said that students will be allowed a maximum of five applications at any one time. “The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will run an electronic platform to register Form One boarding places by 2022. Parents / guardians who wish to send their children to boarding schools are recommended to start submitting applications through the platform (www.emap.co.zw) with effect from December 13, 2021 to January 31, 2022, ”said Ms. Thabela.
“All applicants will be able to make a maximum of five active applications at any one time. An applicant who has been offered a place at one school will not be eligible to apply or be considered for a place at any other school unless the offer is rejected. The successful candidates will be notified through the short message service (sms) by the respective school directors. However, parents / guardians are advised that there are limited boarding spaces. “
She said that when applying to a school, an applicant will receive a response indicating that the application is pending, accepted, processed or rejected.
Ms. Thabela said that if parents or guardians decline an offer, there will be no guarantee of getting the same offer back. He said that the allocation of places will be done randomly from the shortlisted schools. This year the schools were supposed to open in early January for the first quarter, but ended up reopening in March due to the threat caused by the pandemic. The schools then closed on June 4 and were scheduled to open on June 28, but the reopening was postponed.
The schools were finally reopened on August 30 for exam classes and on September 6 for the rest of the classes. Due to the pandemic, school holidays have been lengthened, leaving students with limited time to have face-to-face lessons with their teachers. Schools have relied more on virtual lessons and radio lessons that some students have not been able to access.
The Ministry of Education introduced updating strategies to update students. This includes blended learning and teachers have been combining some topics and also targeting certain key topics to compress the syllabus and online learning.