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UNICEF – Schools are not drivers of COVID-19 pandemic

UNICEF: Schools are not 'main drivers' of Covid among kids

UNICEF: Schools are not 'main drivers' of Covid among kids

The United Nations Children’s Fund says closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact negatively on the development, safety and wellbeing of children globally, noting that schools are not drivers of the viral disease.

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UNICEF also warned that the effects of closing school for another year will be felt for generations to come.

The agency in a statement on Tuesday maintained that despite overwhelming evidence that schools were not drivers of the pandemic, steps have been taken to ensure that they remained shut.

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“In the case of lockdowns, schools must be among the first to reopen once authorities start lifting restrictions.

“Catch-up classes should be prioritised to ensure that children who have been unable to learn remotely are not left behind.

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“If children are faced with another year of school closures, the effects will be felt for generations to come,” UNICEF warned.

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