EDITORIAL | As schools reopen, so does the same can of worms

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EDITORIAL | As schools reopen, so does the same can of worms

Things should be getting better, but we are stuck with issues that resurface every year

Editorial

While pupils at most former Model C schools returned on a full-time basis when classes resumed for the new academic year on Wednesday, their counterparts attending no-fee schools were not so lucky. Some will probably only return later this week and even perhaps next week.

This is because rotational learning will continue this year.

On Tuesday, basic education minister Angie Motshekga spelt it out saying rotational learning would continue because social distancing requirements in the classroom were still in place. The department tried unsuccessfully last year to lobby the national coronavirus command council to reduce the social distancing requirement in the classroom to 0.5m, but had to eventually settle for a 1m concession (down from 1.5m)...

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