Predictably, the poor will suffer the carnage of schools reopening

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South Africa’s government reopened its schools while we were still climbing towards the peak of coronavirus infections and now that gooey brown stuff has hit the fan. It was a reckless decision from start to finish based on an overreliance on stripped-down statistical data and the complete neglect of the social science data on schools as organisations. Economists and some epidemiologists made the claim that children are less likely to fall ill and die, and that the social costs of staying at home are higher than if children were returned to school...

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