Covid-19: School holidays could be cancelled to make up for lost time

Covid-19: School holidays could be cancelled to make up for lost time

- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is faced with the difficult task of salvaging what remains of the academic year

- One of the proposals being considered by the department is cancelling the remaining school holidays

- With the battle against the coronavirus pandemic continuing, the path forward for the nation's children remains uncertain

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The current national lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks and while the majority of concern has been for the economic impact of the decision, another critical problem is brewing in the background.

South Africa's schoolchildren are losing valuable learning time and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is attempting to find a solution to the issue.

One of these solutions may be to cancel the remaining school holidays in a bid to salvage the academic year. reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced that schools would be shut down to shield children from the virus and limit the potential spread of Covid-19.

This move had been announced ahead of the national lockdown and by the time it ends children would have lost over six weeks.

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News24 reports that spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga explained that it is still possible to recover academically

"The 2020 academic year is possible and we will rescue it. We have a plan in place to rescue lost time. One of our plans might be to do away with the coming school holidays to recover lost time. Once all schools are opened, there is also a recovery plan to assist our pupils to catch up on lost time."

Mhlanga explained that a team of experts considering how and when to reopen schools across South Africa.

In the meantime, parents are encouraged to make use of the number of initiatives to provide learning material to children during the lockdown to make this return easier on both kids and their educators.

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