South African Schools Proactive About Learning During Lockdown
The 21-day national lockdown, which came into effect on Friday, 27 March, is a necessary measure implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19, but does bring with it disruption to business, services and education.
South Africa’s schooling community has, however quickly adapted to the situation and taken a proactive approach to teaching and learning from a distance. The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, highlighted the measures being taken by her department to ensure uninterrupted learning during these uncertain times.
Likewise, the private schooling sector has taken to virtual learning through online platforms like Google Classroom and Zoom, as well as sharing videos and educational resources to parents during this time.
Lebogang Montjane, Executive Director of ISASA (Independent Schools’ Association of Southern Africa) said they had kept in constant communication with member schools regarding the opportunities for remote learning.
ISASA has created a dedicated Covid-19 portal which consists of relevant learning materials submitted by schools, including worksheets, readers and timetables.
Many schools have also opted to create physical learning packs which have been distributed to learners.