South Africa to extend school day by one hour

South Africa to extend school day by one hour

Last week, South Africa dropped all COVID-19 restrictions on attendance in schools, paving the way for a return to normality for our children.
However, there could be a new legacy created by this pandemic.
The DA is actively proposing an extended schedule in South Africa.
They want to add an hour on to each school day, while utilising the power of both online and in-person learning.
John Steenhuisen, the opposition leader, says that his party are looking to combat school drop-out rates and teacher absenteeism with their policies.

“Our existing Economic Justice Policy contains proposals that… includes interventions to combat school drop-out rates, teacher absenteeism and malnutrition and stunting in children.”
“During the course of this year we will release a further series of policy positions which we envisage to be part of the foundation of a new policy approach for a realigned government in 2024. We now have two years to make our case and convincingly demonstrate the DA difference in the places where we govern.”
DA statement

DA education spokesperson Baxolile Nodada is leading the charge on this one. He believes there is value in extending the school day, and in a recent appearance on the DA’s YouTube channel, ‘Bax’ declared that robust strategies are needed to undo the damage caused by rotational learning.
However, these proposals have already been given a cold reception by the Education Department. Elijah Mhlanga, a representative of the DBE, told News24 that extending the school day ‘would only cause further confusion’:

“If they want to extend the school day, they can start in the Western Cape and do it there. As a sector, we want all learners back in class and schools fully functional. All other suggestions will be addressed in due course. We don’t want to confuse people by sending mixed messages.”
Elijah Mhlanga

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