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School versus the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected education systems worldwide, leading to the primary closure of schools. This was done to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

When schools re-opened, staying safe in schools proved to be extremely difficult in disadvantaged schools. This was attributed to huge classes, insufficient personal protection equipment, cleaning stuff, few screeners, and transporting of learners to and from school. Despite these shortcomings, schools continued to remain open and teachers were faced with the huge task of keeping children safe, constantly reminding them to sanitize, to keep their masks on, maintain their social distance, and washing of hands.