The Ministries of General Education and Higher Education have announced that the deferred opening of schools, colleges, universities and other institutions of learning is applicable to all such institutions irrespective of their classification.

This also applies to both public and private institutions of learning.

The Government and other partners are working round the clock to ensure the epidemic is contained and that learning institutions will be advised when to resume their normal operations.

This is being done in the best interest of the health of the nation.

The Ministries of General Education and Higher Education have since warned that any failure to adhere to the directive will attract legal sanctions according to the applicable laws.

This is according to a joint statement issued by the two ministries in Lusaka.

And the Ministry of General Education will on Friday start sending out inspectors to check schools that are conducting lessons in disregard of a ministerial order to postpone classes until further notice.

General Education Permanent Secretary Henry Tukombe says the move is aimed at enforcing the directive that all schools must close until cholera is contained.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya and Ministry of General Education Dennis Wanchinga on Wednesday announced at a joint Media briefing that schools will only open after the epidemic has been contained.

Mr. Tukombe has told ZNBC news in an interview that all private schools and tuition centres across the country must remain closed.

He explained that the Ministry of General Education as stakeholder to the policy will ensure all school administrators follow regulations.

Mr. Tukombe has since appealed to all school administrators to put up cleaning programmes in their schools during this period.

Meanwhile, the Basic Education Teachers’ Union of Zambia -BETUZ- has commended the move by government to defer the opening of schools in view of the cholera outbreak in Lusaka.

BETUZ General Secretary Jeffrey Simuntala says the intervention is timely, as cholera is deadly.

Mr. Simuntala says fighting cholera needs concerted efforts by all stakeholders.

He was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.

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