Section27’s court papers also showed that Covid-19 school closures negatively impacted pupils’ mental health and educational attainment.
It said the effects of the rotational learning system were disproportionately felt by poorer pupils in public schools.
In an expert affidavit for Section27, Dr Sara Muller said overcrowding in schools made it virtually impossible for pupils to attend school and still maintain acceptable levels of social distancing.
Muller said without vaccination, rotational timetabling systems are likely to continue for long periods.
Section27’s application also contains the expert affidavit of Dr Shaheda Omar of the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children.
Omar’s affidavit provides real-life examples of the mental health effects of Covid-19 on SA children as is evident through the work of the clinic. The impact included increased rates of abuse and violence at home.
Omar said many children will continue to remain at risk for as long as they are unable to return to any semblance of a normal life.
If vaccinated, they were more likely to be able to participate in their normal routines, with less disruptions to school attendance and other activities.