The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said rotational learning had been detrimental to learners, affecting their cognitive abilities, disrupting the national school nutrition program and affecting their mental well-being.

CAPE TOWN – There is general relief that schooling has returned to normal.

Amid fears that classes could once again become overcrowded in some schools, the relaxation of COVID-19 regulations has been welcomed.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it was encouraged by the government’s prioritization of teaching and learning by abolishing rotational schooling.

The SAHRC said rotational learning had been detrimental to learners, affecting their cognitive abilities, disrupting the national school nutrition program and harming their mental well-being.

The commission said that in the past two months it had met twice with health officials to stress how rotational schooling needed to be scrapped.

The commission is concerned about the loss of approximately 15 months of teaching and learning and has asked the Department of Basic Education to come up with a catch-up plan.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s Select Committee on Education said it was an important step for state schools, many of which could not easily adapt to virtual learning.

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