By Sheron Mangisi
Thornhill high school in Gweru has become the latest to be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic after it recorded positive cases among students, it has been established.
School headmaster Mr Solomon Mukora told parents on Thursday that only three cases tested positive to Covid 19 and several students are being tested at the Gweru district hospital, while some awaiting for the results.
“Ministry of Health is assisting us with how to manage the situation at the school in light of the confirmed cases. However, we are not going to close the school and send students home.
“All students are going to be monitored while they continue learning and those who are sick will be treated attending lessons, “Mukora is reportedly to have told parents.
When this reporter visited Birchenough clinic, about 10 sick students, including staff members were waiting to be tested for Covid 19.
However, parents are calling for the urgent closure of the school to prevent further spread of the virus especially by day scholars.
“Urgent action is needed to be done by the Ministry of Health to prevent further spread of the virus to the rest of the city. Remember the school has also day scholars who mix with the rest of the population every day after school, which is dangerous,” said Mrs Mary Moyo a parent.
Schools opened for the first term of the year late last month after a Covid-19 precautionary delay of three months following warnings of a potential third wave.
As part of the wider measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19, government has directed schools with a higher number of students to implement a rotational time table that allows pupils to attend class on different days to allow them to practice social distancing.