South Africa’s lockdown laws around schools and rotating calendars are being challenged in court by the opposition Democratic Alliance.
According to the party, South Africa’s present one-metre distance policy forces most schools to operate on a rotational basis, with each pupil only attending school 50% of the time.
“There is no compelling need to continue rotating schooling.” This policy has no effect in lowering infections in the current South African setting,” it said.
“The policy’s goal was to allow one-metre social separation in schools, relieving the burden on the health system by limiting the virus’ transmission.” During the fourth wave, however, the health system was not put under any strain by the virus.”
It goes on to say that the risk of pupils skipping school considerably surpasses the advantage of having schoolchildren on a rotational education system for those in the high-risk group.
“It is necessary to strike a balance between the rights of high-risk groups to health and the rights of children to education.” Those who are at a high risk of serious sickness or death from Covid, on the other hand, can get vaccinated. Vaccines are not in short supply or difficult to obtain.
“There is also evidence that immunizations are highly effective in protecting against serious disease and death.” (insert numbers here) Individuals in the high-risk group who are unvaccinated have chosen to take this risk.” Schoolchildren, on the other hand, have no choice but to attend school full time, according to the report.