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DA leader John Steeunhuisen announced recently that the party proposes an extra hour should be added to each school day.

The idea behind the extra hour is to make up for lost time over the last two years thanks to the pandemic. The DA believes that an extra hour or extra lessons after school could help pupils catch up on the curriculum.

While the DA believes their idea is the best way to ensure students manage to catch up, the Department of Basic Education doesn’t feel the same way.

Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Department told News24 that if the DA wants to extend the school day, they should start in the Western Cape.

“As a sector, we want all pupils 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.”

While the DA’s idea has been met with backlash, the party announced that it will release a further series of policy positions during the course of the year “which will envisage being part of the foundation of a new policy approach for a realigned government in 2004”.

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