Earlier in May, the education department announced that all contact sports in schools to be suspended with immediate effect. Only non-contact sports which could be performed with social distancing and other safety measures in place are permitted. Nick Hudson of PANDA (Pandemics – data and analysis) has been critical of policy-makers’ reactions to Covid-19, lockdowns, and other approaches to containing the virus. In this latest article, he describes why banning contact sports in schools “joins a long list of policy absurdities”. – Claire Badenhorst
By Nick Hudson and Peter Castleden
The banning of contact sport at schools joins a long list of policy absurdities that have arisen during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Minister of Education, Angie Motshega, ‘explains’ that “following the school sports activities-related Covid-19 outbreaks in Gauteng and [the] general rise of cases in communities across the country, the Outbreak Response Team said that the risk was high when engaged in close-contact sports”.
It appears that the Minister has not based this decision on any science, so we’ll do the analysis for her.
Read the full article at Biz News: Banning contact sports at schools joins a long list of policy absurdities – PANDA