Counting the Cost: COVID-19 School Closures in South Africa and the Impact on Children

This paper was published on 15 June 2020 by Servaas van der Berg and Nic Spaull of the Research on Socioeconomic Policy Group (RESEP) at Stellebosch University.

The paper argues that, given the relatively low level of COVID infection amongst children and the significant social and economic costs of hard lockdowns, keeping children out of school is not in the best interests of the child.

Consequently, the paper recommends that all children should return to schools, crèches and ECD centres without any further delay. The profound costs borne by small children and families as a result of the ongoing nationwide lockdown and school closures will be felt for at least the next 10 years.

Counting the Cost