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The Zimbabwean government has slashed the term for primary and secondary schools by two weeks to make way for general elections to be held on July 30.

A circular from the Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education Sylvia Utete-Masango addressed to senior education officers and school heads seen by Xinhua Thursday said that the second term would end on July 26 instead of Angust 9, while the third term would begin on September 4 instead of September 11.

“The opening of school in the third term has been brought forward as a measure to compensate for early closure of Term Two,” she said.

Generally, Zimbabwe’s school terms are 13 weeks long but this had been disrupted in 2018, first by the Easter Holidays in March which came a week before school closure, and then by the coming general elections where a number of schools will be used as polling centers.

According to the law, election day has also been declared a public holiday. Enditem

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