The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed concern that many primary schools in South Africa are still planning to have rotating schedules next year.
The arrangement means that the children will go to school every two days or every two weeks.
This, despite the fact that the Department of Basic Education has said that schools should ensure that primary school children attend classes every day.
Andre Guam of the SAHRC is concerned about the long-term effects of rotational learning on children.
Gaum says, “Rotational learning has long-term negative effects on children’s learning outcomes, and as the Ministerial Advisory Committee’s opinion to the Minister indicates that the harms of learners who attend school on a rotational basis, in particular the severe cognitive, nutritional and social costs outweigh the benefits of reducing COVID-19 infections from smaller classes. “
In August, the majority of primary schools in the Northern Cape were unable to resume their activities at full capacity.
The provincial education ministry has said that not all schools can adhere to the COVID-19 protocols needed to accommodate all students at once.
Since the start of the pandemic, most schools have been operating on a differentiated schedule, but they are now expected to revert to the traditional daily school schedule model.
In the video below, Neria Hlakotsa of SABC News reports that only 79 of the 400 primary schools were able to open: