A number of schools in Central Province might not reopen for classes next week due to unsanitary conditions prevailing in the institutions.
The school may remain closed in order to curb the spread of cholera which has ravaged some parts of the province.
According to inspections conducted by the Ministry of Health in 480 schools in nine out of the eleven districts in the province, 31 schools have been recommended not to reopen for the first term due to inadequate, poor or lack of sanitation facilities.
This is according to a preliminary report on the inspection of schools which was obtained by ZANIS in Kabwe today.
The report states that health inspectors have intensified inspections in all learning institutions and only schools which will be certified fit to reopen will be granted with a clearance form to resume lessons for term one.
The most affected district is Chibombo where out of 53 schools inspected, only 17 have been recommended not to reopen.
Out of the 17 that have been recommended to open, 15 are government while two private schools.
The inspection teams have also closed several markets, restaurants and shops in the inspected districts with one lodge closed Itezhi Tezhi district.
Cholera, a deadly waterborne disease, first broke out in Lusaka in October last year and spread to many parts of the country including some districts of Central Province.
Kabwe and Mumbwa districts are the most affected in Central province.
The two districts have a cumulative number of cholera cases standing at 19 each since the first case was recorded.