VIDEO: Zero Dropout Campaign on the issue of schools reopening

Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to eNCA anchor Xoli Mngambi about schools reopening after the Covid-19 closures.

“The public debate should not be about whether schools should re-open. Instead we should be talking about how civil society, educators, parents, and government can collaborate to ensure classes resume as safely as possible over a sustained period,” explains Mansfield.

Domestic and international experience have shown that the longer a child is out of school, the less likely they are to return, increasing the risk of teenage pregnancy, exposure to violence, and other social ills.