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[OPINION] Is It Safe For The Schools To Reopen Next Week?

The country is currently in the grips with COVID-19's new variant that was first detected in India - Delta variant. The World Health Organization indicated that the variant is very contagious compared to the other aforementioned variants and is responsible for the surge in cases all over the world. The schools were supposed to resume with their 2021 academic year on the 19th of July. President Ramaphosa announced an extension by a futher week, meaning that they will now open on the 29th of July (next week Monday).

There are a lot of concerns about whether schools must be opened or remain closed. Yesterday the country recorded 16 240 cases, representing a 27.5% positivity rate. It shows that there hasn't been any improvement ever since the president moved the country to alert Level 4 lockdown. The numbers indicate that the effectiveness of lockdowns has been globally overhyped and it is putting a lot of strain in businesses and individuals.

COVID-19 Wednesday statistics:

Image: National Institute of Communicable Diseases

Matriculants are expected to begin preparing for pre-lims which are very important in boosting end of year marks. Attending extra classes has been on hold and most students remain in the dark on how they will be able to write their final exams. Is it safe for learners to go back to school next week? Let us know your views about this on the comments section below, we'd love to hear from you.

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