About 70% of SA’s children have missed the equivalent of a year of school education, with the department of education warning that at this point, catching up on all they missed will be impossible.

As it stands, many of the 9,6-million children in large classes at no-fee public schools attend school every alternate day to allow for social distancing and space between their desks. (At some wealthier fee-paying public schools, learners are back to a full five days per week programme.)..

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