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State to disburse grants to schools

By PETER SICHALI
GOVERNMENT will this week disburse school grants to schools countrywide, Minister of General Education David Mabumba has said.
Mr Mabumba said this in Isoka on Wednesday when he addressed head teachers ahead of opening of schools for examination classes.
Mr Mabumba said all schools will receive their grant this week in preparation of next week’s re-opening.
“In readiness for reopening of schools for examination classes on 1st June, Government will start disbursing grants to all government schools by next week,” Mr Mabumba said.
Mr Mabumba said Government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will distribute reusable face masks to all pupils in examination classes including external candidates.
He assured Head Teachers that government would supplement food to boarding school if need be through DMMU.
Meanwhile, Muchinga Provincial Educational Office (PEO) Ruth Zulu said the government’s move to open schools was appropriate because learners in the examination classes could have been hit hard.
Ms Zulu said the province had over 48,000 pupils in examination classes.
She said schools in the province are ready to open by following strict health guidelines of social distancing, masking up and washing hands regularly.
Ms Zulu has however expressed concern about the lack of thermo guns, stating that in Isoka no school had any of the thermometers.

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