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Parents shouldn’t fear Covid-19

Authored by Benjamin Smart

On June 1, some of South Africa’s brightest young stars will head back to school after a long, unplanned, and very unwelcome break. The Grade 12s will be desperate to learn as much as they can to properly prepare for their final matric exams, as many aim to become the first in their families to head to varsity and, ultimately, to make strong contributions to a transformed South African economy. That the government’s NCCC (National Covid-19 Command Council) has decided to get classrooms active again should come as a huge relief to pupils and parents alike – but to many, it has not. According to former DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s Twitter poll, 76% of voters are against schools reopening on June 1.


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