‘Schools should use this time to plan’- Fedsas

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South Africans waited in anticipation last night for President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation with the government’s plans to fight the spread of Covid-19. With 61 cases being confirmed in the country, the president has decided to close all schools from this coming Wednesday.

Bloemfontein Courant spoke to the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) and according to the Deputy CEO, Jaco Deacon, every interruption at school will affect learners, but with good planning it is possible to proceed with education.

Deacon further explained that if schools do not lose more time after 14 April, then it will still be possible for them to catch up. He said schools can also utilise technology to proceed with blended learning and should use the time to plan coming 14 April. Fedsas provides options for students and educators during this shutdown time:

  1. Record lessons using an online platform and store it on an online platform on a central drive for learners or parents to access.
  2. Live webinar (online meeting or presentation held via the Internet in real-time) sessions of lessons with interactivity and real time connection with learners.
  3. Project based learning whereby learners do on-line research and submit papers / projects to a central drive for educators to access.

Meanwhile Free State Education spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, told Bloemfontein Courant that the MECs and HODs are currently in a meeting deciding on a catch up plan for the schools and that the outcome of the meeting is not yet known.

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za