SABC has introduced a Covid-19 learner support initiative in an effort to limit the impact of the lockdown on the school calendar in South Africa.
The multimedia learner support initiative, the SABC and the DBE said in a joint statement, is part of the broader efforts to prevent the total loss of the school year, since the lockdown was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Schools have been closed since 18 March 2020. The lockdown is expected to be lifted at midnight on 16 April.
The educational programme has started on Thursday, 9 April and will air across three SABC TV channels and 13 radio stations, with online support.
The statement read as follows, “The series will provide curriculum support lessons to learners in Grades 10, 11 and 12 and Early Childhood Development (ECD). Some of the subjects covered include Maths, Physical Sciences, English First Additional Language, Life Sciences and Accounting. A variety of African languages are also covered under the ECD basket.”
The COO of SABC, Ian Plaatjes, said, “We invite learners to take full advantage of these resources, as we believe they will assist them a great deal during this lockdown period to catch up with their school work and better prepare for the upcoming exams in the year.”
Furtheremore, this multimedia initiative is supported by an online YouTube channel.
On the other hand, the Director-General of the Dept of Basic Eduation, Mathanzima Mweli, said, “Our learners need all the support they can get in order to continue learning at home, as schools are closed because of the pandemic. We should all do our best to minimise the impact of the disruptions caused by the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”