Published in The Sunday Times

This open letter to the ministers of basic education, health, and co-operative governance and traditional affairs is co-written by members of Equal Education, Equal Education Law Centre, The Learning Trust, Legal Resources Centre, NASCEE, and academics.

Dear ministers Angie Motshekga, Joe Phaahla and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,

As schools reopen for 2022, we write to you as a collective of concerned civil society organisations. Over the past two years, learners have been harmed by the amount of time they have been forced to spend at home instead of in the classroom.

This continued time away from school has hurt their access to school meals and to psychosocial support and resulted in increased dropout rates.

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