Union Wants Department To Scrap Rotational Timetable

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The Department of Basic Education has recently confirmed that learning continues using a rotational timetable. However, the teacher union begs to differ.


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Teacher unions are at loggerheads with the recent announcement made by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, of the rotational school timetabling remaining this year.

The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) maintains that schools ought to return to full-time learning in 2022.

Executive director of Naptosa Basil Manuel said:

I have spoken about the foundation phase, but think about the 2022 matriculant who has done 50% of Grade 10, 50% of Grade 11, and now must catch up the building blocks just to be that successful in matric. It is going to be a huge uphill battle.

The union agreed that rotational learning was introduced for very good reasons but it can no longer sit by and see the losses that children are suffering.

Dr. Mlamuli Hlatshwayo, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, also agreed that not attending every day and engaging with your teachers can be devastating to some learners.

The Minister mentioned that to return to normal schooling is possible but only if done responsibly.

“We rely entirely on the advice of public health experts, through the Ministerial Advisory Committee, the National Coronavirus Command Council, and the Cabinet,” said Motshekga.


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