It was a hive of activity in Harare this Monday as boarding school pupils were returning to their schools while some parents jostled to make last minute purchases ahead of the beginning of the second term this Tuesday.
The 10th of May is one of the important days on the schools calendar as it marks the beginning of the second term.
In Harare, boarding school students were on their way back to school and could be seen waiting for transport around various pick-up points.
The term begins amid high expectation among parents that teachers will not go on strike as a salary dispute with their employer the government has not yet been resolved.
â€œOf course teachersâ€™ salaries are very low but we hope that they will put their country first by not engaging on an industrial action because the economy is still on a recovery path,â€ said one parent.
While second term is often considered one of the most expensive terms due to the inevitable demands for winter uniforms, some of the parents who spoke to ZBC News said the prices of both winter uniforms and groceries were commendably affordable.