Coronavirus: Teaching Limpopo children by radio during lockdown

Coronavirus: Teaching Limpopo children by radio during lockdown

- Schools have closed down during the national lockdown, prohibiting pupils from attending classes and learning

- This has had a major impact on the country's education and the government is still seeking ways to continue learning during this difficult time

- One organisation has partnered up with the Limpopo Department of Education to start giving radio lessons to matric learners

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As the country battles the novel coronavirus, many sectors have shut down to try and combat the spread of Covid-19.

Amongst those under lockdown are schools across the country. Pupils from Grade 1 to 12 have not been to school in nearly two months - a situation that has proven to be a major challenge for education in SA.

One organisation, the Kagiso Trust, has teamed up with the Limpopo Department of Education to start giving radio lessons to matric pupils for the next three months.

The aim of the initiative is to offer support to rural learners without access to television classes, computers or data.

COO of Kagsio Trust, Themba Mola said:

“Grade 12 learners have already lost more than 30 days since the lockdown coupled with the possibility of losing another month if the phase-in model announced by Minister becomes a 1st of June return. This model of mediating learning will strengthen teaching and learning in the absence of face to face conventional classes.”

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The initiative has partnered up with several radio stations.

Capricorn FM will broadcast classes on MST subjects, including Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Agricultural Sciences.

Moja said:

“These are the subjects that are highly enrolled and determine the standard and quality of education offered in Limpopo province. Currently, the main subject of the five, that still poses a serious challenge in the province is Mathematics, whose performance is still below the threshold."

The other non-MST subjects will be broadcasted by the community radio stations in the both Sekhukhune East and South education districts.

These subjects include English FAL, Sepedi HL, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, History and Geography.

The Education Department has faced several struggles during the lockdown. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga has postponed plans to announce the re-opening of schools after releasing an earlier statement saying she'd share “details that include the final dates and detailed plans for the phased approach to the possible reopening of schools” on Thursday.

Motshekga said she needed more time to consult further with the provincial MEC's, IOL reported. Higher education institutions have also struggled to cope with the lockdown.

Under level four, Universities across the country remained closed. However, many have turned to online teaching in an attempt to keep students up to date with the work.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said:

"Firstly, whatever we do in the PSET (Post School Education and Training) sector, our responsibility is to lower the infection curve. Secondly, we must save the 2020 academic year, but not at the expense of lives. Thirdly, our efforts to save the academic year must avoid worsening the infection curve."

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