Faizel Patel - 26/03/2020
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the department is looking at scrapping the June holidays to make up for lost teaching and learning due to the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
All schools around the country are on a break after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools will close two days early for the Easter holidays and will remain closed until after the Easter weekend as part of measures to contain the pandemic.
While schools were expected to reopen next month, Lesufi says it all depends on whether the spread of COVID-19 is under control by then.
Lesufi says he’s confident of governments plan to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the next three weeks.
“We’ve now negotiated labour negotiations with labour unions and stakeholders within the education sector to scrap the june holidays in Gauteng, so that when we come back we want to run until the end so that there are no breaks because they’ve already had a break as part of the catchup.”
Meanwhile Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says her department has teamed up with Basic Education to provide virtual teaching for children to learn from home during lockdown.
Ndabeni-Abrahams says intervention will include recorded lessons and in some cases teachers will take various subjects live.
She says education in its traditional form sbeen affected, but making use of technology would help.
"We will be working with the department of education to provide broadcast and virtual classrooms. Our children are sitting at home playing cartoons, others are finishing food, but ours is to say: 'How do we make sure that children can be in a classroom while in the comfort of their homes?'"
Ndabeni-Abrahams says SABC will avail a channel and two studios that will be dedicated to virtual teaching.