By Simbarashe Fenton M
Rutendo High School Fashion and Fabrics teacher T. Chasakara (65,) succumbed to COVID-19 recently, with more members of the department alleged to be ill and currently on isolation this publication can reveal.
“She has been sick for 5 days I think, the whole of last week she was here and then she developed flue and today we heard that she has passed on…we have been tested, isolated with other students since yesterday and we are waiting results, others will be tested in due course…” said a staff member at the school whose identity has been concealed on confidentiality grounds.
In an interview with this reporter, Midlands Province Ministry of Health Official Kwashi Deho confirmed the case.
“I can confirm the case, we have a system in place to the issue at hand, we have screened teachers and students so far. We will monitor the students as they come over to school for the next 14 days or more, we are not going to close the school. Yesterday we tested 11 and they all tested negative…we are all hoping the situation will be normal,” he said.
Parents who spoke with this publication could not hide their fear as the virus continues to kill at will. They also expect more from the responsible authorities to protect students and citizens at large.
“I am fear for my son who is in Upper six at Rutendo, what makes this more tricky is that these children come back here at home everyday, in the event that he contracts the virus it will affect more. I am hoping school, health authorities will do more for the kids and citizens because we are not safe at all…” said a parent who could not disclose her identify for security reasons.
This development comes after some schools in the country had recorded positive cases with Embakwe High School in Plumtree becoming one of the hardest hit as more than 90 students learners tested positive to the deadly virus. Sacred Heart in Esigodini recorded 231 positive cases a week ago with Girls College and Mzilikazi Primary Schools in Bulawayo also recording alarming numbers of positive cases.
Meanwhile the government has warned that all schools that fail to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations risk closure.