OPINION | Why should we be alarmed about social distancing in schools when taxis and buses are full?

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"There is no doubt that rotational timetable has deepened the crisis of drop out rates".
"There is no doubt that rotational timetable has deepened the crisis of drop out rates".
Education activist Hendrick Makaneta shares his thoughts on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s plan to reduce social distancing in schools from one metre to half a metre.

The risk-adjusted differentiated strategy is necessary to restore normality and promote collaborative learning in schools.

Covid-19 has undoubtedly caused challenges that will take many years before returning to a proper learning and teaching environment. 

Learners are already defying the social distancing protocols in schools daily.

It is difficult to enforce a two-metre distance as learners use buses to schools where there is no social distance at all.

Also read: Teacher unions say they were 'not consulted about proposed reduced social distance of 0.5m'

'Rotational timetable has deepened the crisis of drop out rates'

There is no doubt that rotational timetable has deepened the crisis of drop out rates and further caused learners to fall behind with the curriculum.

All parents and teachers should applaud the minister's decision to approach the NCCC as it will certainly go a long way to improve education and reduce dropout rates in the system.

Our people must be honest with themselves. Why should we be alarmed about half a metre social distancing in schools when in taxis, buses, and aeroplanes, there is no social distancing at all?

Also see: 'No one knows what's happening behind closed doors': Local teacher questions school Covid-19 safety

'Parents who have a problem with the strategy...'

It is encouraging that the minister has no intention to impose the risk-adjusted differentiated strategy to schools that are not ready just in the same way that teachers were not forced to take the vaccine.

Parents who have a problem with the strategy should not force their position on parents who have no problem with it. 

We hope that the NCCC will approve the adjusted strategy and allow the learners to create a better future through education.

*The views and opinions expressed above don't necessarily reflect that of Parent24 or Media24. 

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