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COVID-19: Closure Of Schools Not Necessary –UNICEF

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By Paul Dada

The United Nations Children’s Fund says says schools are not drivers of COVID-19.

The international agency rather warned that closure of schools would impact negatively on the development, safety and wellbeing of children.

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

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

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

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