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Drop rotational school attendance now! – open letter to Basic Education Minister

17 January 2022 4:37 PM
Tags:
Basic Education
Education
Legal Resources Centre
Angie Motshekga
Equal Education
John Maytham
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rotational school attendance
Equal Education Law Centre
The Learning Trust
NASCEE

John Maytham interviews Somila Mjekula of The Learning Trust.
  • The negative impact of rotational learning is so severe, some students may never recover

  • With much immunity in the population – the context is now vastly different from earlier in the pandemic


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South Africa’s longsuffering learners will continue rotational school attendance, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced last week.

In response, a group of academics and educational institutions (Equal Education, Equal Education Law Centre, The Learning Trust, Legal Resources Centre, NASCEE) has written an open letter to the Ministers of Basic Education, Health, and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, expressing their disappointment at the announcement.

Sunday Times published the letter in full over the weekend.

John Maytham interviewed Somila Mjekula of The Learning Trust. (scroll up to listen).

Rotational timetables have had a great impact on learners… We don’t see them able to fully recover… Studies have shown that young learners aren’t as impacted by Covid-19… We’re in a different context now [than earlier in the pandemic] …

Somila Mjekula, The Learning Trust

The DBE acknowledges it’s a problem, but they’re constrained by Cogta…

Somila Mjekula, The Learning Trust



17 January 2022 4:37 PM
Tags:
Basic Education
Education
Legal Resources Centre
Angie Motshekga
Equal Education
John Maytham
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
rotational school attendance
Equal Education Law Centre
The Learning Trust
NASCEE

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