Access to education in the midst of global pandemics: Policy Lessons
The Zimbabwean school system has been negatively impacted since the outbreak of COVID-19 which was subsequently declared a global pandemic by the WHO. In March 2020, governments across the world took a decision to shut down national borders, movement of people and closure of workplaces to try to curb the spread of the virus. The government of Zimbabwe has also responded with blanket national lock-downs to curb the spread of the virus. The latest upward surge in the COVID-19 cases which recorded 1365 new infections and 34 deaths in 24 hours demonstrates the fact that the nation is paying the price for the laxity that came from festive season celebrations, including the opening of border especially the Beitbridge Border. This resulted in the announcement of a national 30-day level 4 lockdown meaning that schools continue to be heavily affected.