Parents are reportedly divided over the government’s decision to reopen schools before the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, The Herald reports.
Some parents are saying sending schoolchildren back to school is putting them in harms’ way as they can’t maintain social distancing measures while other parents are saying the sooner the country learn to live with COVID-19 and reopen the country and schools the better.
One parent who spoke to the publication said schools were not the safest place for kids to be now:
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Our children are not the most careful, we will have a crisis if they reopen. Children love playing and get in contact all the time. Sending them to school is sending them in harm’s way.
While another parent said schools cant close forever eventually they were supposed to be opened:
Covid-19 is not going away anytime soon. We need to accept that. There is no guarantee that next year Covid-19 will not be there. Let us ensure children go to school safely. If adults are going to work, then children can learn and write exams too. This is the new normal
Meanwhile, teachers unions have opposed the government’s decision to allow pupils to write June exams and leaners to go back to school in phases.
More: The Herald