Despite the Government’s claims to be following “the science” in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Education ministry’s proposed plans for re-opening schools contradicts everything we know about the virus.

Very early on, two main characteristics of the novel coronavirus became clear: (1) it was fatal only for persons who already had serious health conditions; and (2) it did not kill children. That has not changed. In the seven to ten months since the virus emerged around the world (the exact timeline remains unknown, thanks to the Chinese Communist Party) not one healthy child has died from Covid-19. The few young people who did succumb to the virus already had chronic diseases.

Additionally, new studies done in Iceland, Switzerland, Germany and other countries provide compelling evidence that children don’t even infect others. In every recorded case of children getting Covid-19, the vector has been from adult to child, not the other way around.

Given all this, the ministry’s guidelines about a shift system and social distancing for schoolchildren make no sense. Such an arrangement may benefit the one per cent of bright children (because the days home will allow them to learn for themselves) but the low-performing pupils will be even worse off, since such pupils learn best through continual external reinforcement.

Our education system has always catered to those pupils who least need help, so in this regard the Education ministry is only following its usual path.

Kevin Baldeosingh

Freeport

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