Zimbabwe school authorities threatened with arrest

The authorities at private schools in Zimbabwe were threatened with arrest if they dared to open...

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The school term was due to start tomorrow, but the government now wants private schools to only open in two week’s time. It’s understood that’s because grade 7 exams have not been marked yet.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

With teacher strikes and two elections, many children in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> had only a few dozen days of school last year.

Private schools were hoping to resume lessons on Saturday, but now they had been told they could not and reports said school authorities were threatened with arrest if they do go ahead and open.

The Association of Trust Schools was understood to be mounting an appeal and would try to get lessons started as soon as possible, maybe next week.

For now, thousands of frustrated parents and their children would spend another week wondering what the future holds.