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Jameson High school in Kadoma is set to reopen on Monday next week after being closed last week following a mysterious incident, which saw more than 50 students and workers collapsing.
Investigations into the incident are still underway with initial findings indicating that the cause of the mishap was a gas leak, whose source is yet to be established.
The school was closed after the incident with the army ballistic unit, police forensic unit and members of the civil protection department being deployed to carry out investigations.
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Honourable Torerai Moyo was at the school this Thursday where he revealed that classes will resume on Monday next week.
“What is weird and strange is that the source of the gas leak has not been found, suggesting that there could be an underground tunnel where the gas is coming from or maybe it is just something strange, but the neighbouring school, Monroe Primary, was also affected, about 65 students were affected but no one succumbed to the gas. As we speak, we observed that the effects of the gas leak are no longer visible and we have made a recommendation that on Sunday all the students should come back, classes are going to resume on Monday,” said the minister.
Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Marian Chombo and the School Development Committee chairperson, Mr Lovejoy Ngara welcomed government’s intervention after the mishap.
Said Hon Chombo, “We thank the swift response from the Civil Protection Unit, school authorities, led by the PED, Kadoma Hospital staff and various stakeholders including the Kadoma community.”
“I am happy to report that the school authorities sprang into action and all the learners that were admitted all of them have been discharged and we are happy that classes are resuming and so far I think we are in good hands,” noted Mr Ngara.
It has since been established that the incident was not limited to Jameson High school but also affected neighbouring communities including Munro Primary school. ZBC