I write to voice my strong agreement with the essence of the proposal made by Prof Jonathan Jansen on exercising extreme caution before reopening SA’s schools, even if that means scrapping the remainder of this school year.

Schools daily concentrate 13-million children in proximity to one another. Those pupils then travel, collectively, many millions of kilometres a day between their homes and their schools. Our school system thereby represents a breeding ground and distribution network for the Covid-19 pandemic, and reopening schools will undermine every other action the government has taken to stall the pandemic...

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