8.4.2020 11:30 am
The global lockdown of schools has caused major interruption in scholars’ learning. Could e-learning be a permanent way forward?
The growing use of technology in the classroom is not just fundamentally changing how teachers teach and learners learn: it has the potential to play a pivotal role in the delivery of quality education across South Africa. According to Oliver Dick, Blended Learning Lead at independent private school network SPARK Schools, eLearning is already demonstrating the ability to dramatically improve access to information and educational materials, as well as helping students learn more – and better.
A handful of ministers were updating the nation on the status of the 21-day lockdown as it concerned their departments.
The education department said that it would be guided by the National Command Council, chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, before confirming a date on the reopening.
The minister says the re-opening of schools will depend on the cooperation of citizens during the lockdown.
Rebecca Dore, an expert on children and media, offers some tips for how to make the most of screen time for kids who are cooped up at home.
Apart from shorter June and September school holidays, schools would also be encouraged to extend school hours to make up for lost time.
Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu hopes the radio lessons, which will be taught by teachers from the department, will mitigate the negative impact of the lockdown.
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