The South African Human Rights Commission is against schools continuing with rotational learning in South Africa.
The Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has recently made a public announcement that her department is currently engaging with the Health Department and the Coronavirus Council in an effort to reduce social distancing in schools to 0.5 metres.
However, the Commission has pointed out that these discussions should’ve taken place last year, before the commencement of the new school year.
On a provincial level, the Western Cape Department of Education agrees that this is greatly impacting children's education.
The impacts of rotational timetabling and time lost in classrooms are leading to severe cognitive nutritional and psychosocial costs to learners - this is informed by the observations made by the ministerial advisory committee that advises from a health perspective, inclusive of other perspectives concerned with Coronavirus-related issues.
Human Rights Commissioner Andre Gaum, concurs:
We strongly agree with that position and it is quite clear that the costs of having rotational learning far outweighing the health benefits.
The WCED urges that the rotational learning system should be reviewed, in order make up for the immense loss of teaching time over the last two years.
More than a million learners will be starting school in the Western Cape next week.