By Lupindula Mwewa:
Schools in Solwezi District, North Western Province have opened for the first term of the academic year of 2022.
This comes after government postponed the opening of schools this year owing to a surge in COVID 19 cases.
Some schools visited by ZNBC News in Solwezi, found pupils reporting for classes as early as 07:30 hours.
And Rodwell Mwepu Secondary school Head Teacher KENNEDY MPUNDU said all the teachers have reported at school and are ready to start conducting classes.
He said the school has acquired one thousand masks that will be given to pupils as they report, adding that hand washing facilities have also been installed outside classrooms.
And at Solwezi Boys Provincial STEM Secondary School, a check by ZNBC found pupils reporting at the boarding school.
School Head Teacher GIVEN MUGWAGWA said the school is expecting one thousand five hundred pupils to report this term.
He said the teachers at the school have reported and has encouraged members of staff to get the COVID 19 vaccine.
Mr. MUGWAGWA said the only way pupils can be protected from the further spread of COVID 19 is if members of staff that are entrusted to take care of them are get vaccinated.