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Hopes and fears abound over back-to-school plans

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Opinion is divided about the merits of pupils returning to school, with some doubting government’s ability to ensure all the necessary Covid-19 protocols are in place, and others saying kids are safer in their classrooms than at home.


23 May 2020
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Hopes and fears abound over back-to-school plans

School during Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: iStock

Some parents, teachers and an education expert agree that children were better off at school, despite the fears of a looming spike in Covid-19 cases as 1 June drew closer. According to Dr Wycliffe Otieno, Chief of Education for Unicef South Africa, for millions of underprivileged school-going children, schools were safe spaces from toxic home environments with little space for social distancing or even learning. “First, school is where children spend most of the time and it has been a very abnormal and isolating experience for many who often get so much more than just education from school,” said Otieno....

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