DispatchLIVE can exclusively reveal that the provincial education department has partnered with MTN on the initiative, which is aimed at keeping this year’s matrics up to date with their work despite the national coronavirus lockdown.
With only 36 days to go to the June matric exams, the department has not lost sight of its goal to improve on the 2019 matric pass rate of 76.5%.
Confirming the initiative on Monday, provincial education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani told DispatchLIVE that virtual classes for Grade 12s began earlier this month. Lessons have been broadcast on community radio stations and the SABC.
Pupils have been instructed to live-stream lessons by downloading a free, open-source cross-platform multimedia player, VLC, to their smartphones.
Pulumani said: “Our initial focus since lockdown was on ensuring that we resume learning and teaching, especially for the FET band [grades 10 to 12] and Grade 12s through virtual classes. These classes are accessible through smartphones, tablets and laptops.
“Those lessons are complemented with additional radio lessons carried on 18 community radios throughout the width and breadth of our province.”
He said the department was also making content available and subject workbooks on its website and on e-learning platforms.
“We are finalising an agreement with MTN whereby all Grade 12 learners will receive SIM cards to access all education-related e-learning content on any platform for free. We are running a comprehensive advocacy initiative through print and radio mediums to highlight all of these available areas to both learners and parents.”
By Bhongo Jacob – DispatchLIVE