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Price kids pay by not being at school daily is too high: advisory committee

The body says school closures should be decided on an individual basis, not at a district, provincial or national level

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The days of high-school pupils attending class on alternate days or weeks may soon be in the past.

The department of basic education informed stakeholders on Saturday that the ministerial advisory committee (MAC) had determined “that the costs to children of not attending school every day, specifically the severe cognitive, nutritional, and psychosocial costs, now outweigh the benefits of reducing infection by practising rotational timetables”.

Before Sunday’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that schools would now reopen on July 26 instead of July 19, the department indicated there would be daily attendance of all primary school pupils from the former date, when the traditional timetabling model would be followed...

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