Its way more important to not ruin a generation with lack of education than it would be to lose a couple thousand extra people to a virus. The impact to us is far greater than losing a few lives. Just like in war, Maybe some sacrifices need to be made.
The schools should stay open because they have missed to much work and because now for high school applications they need term 1 reports instead of term2 and it is going to be hard to be accepeted in the school of your choice viva south Africa stay home and stay safe
If schools open the way they were before, Then no i would say it would be better for schools to stay closed. However if schools opened and modified the school system for corona, Then yes they should stay open. I personally would reccommend a mix of online and physical, But socially distanced, Schooling.
Unlike the economy and many businesses in this pandemic, Schools have the option of going and remaining digital until it is safe to gather again. Everyone that claims schools should reopen claim that it is for the well-being of the child. They believe by opening schools and teaching students at school, They are helping the kid learn and grow. However, There is no room for growth if the child is dead. No one knows how dangerous the virus truly is, And reopening schools and exposing children to the virus when it is avoidable could not only endanger their lives but also their families. In the long run, It would be better for children if schools were to remain digital.