Online platforms are helping schools to keep pupils busy

Some local schools have created ways methods to ensure pupils do not fall behind in their academics amid the Covid-19 national lockdown.

In a letter published on the D6 communicator, Queen’s College Primary School principal Lester Pike said teachers explored different ways of teaching and were skilled in setting work on Google classroom platforms.

“All our pupils have been issued with a school g-mail account so that their teachers can communicate necessary requirements. We have been discussing options with schools around the country to keep our children up to date with so when schools re-open they will have had some form of mental or academic stimulation.”

Pike noted that some pupils may not have internet access and encouraged parents to assist by completing online worksheets, “or by simply ensuring that their child does some form of reading and mathematics practice.”

Bulelani High School principal Zine May said the school had made use of programmes offered by the education department to assist pupils.

“We have created a WhatsApp group to disseminate this information and we encourage our pupils to listen to educational radio show programmes.

“The challenge, however, is that we cannot assess the children on whether they are cooperating or not,” May said

Queenstown Education Fund (QEF) stakeholders communications manager, Jacqueline Wijtenburg, said QEF had provided a platform for leaders from various schools to engage.

“We meet over Zoom and share the resources of our intellectual property. D6 communicator, a shared Google folder and a QEF online learning WhatsApp group allows us all to contribute ideas, media and progress on common goals. We are assisting our network of schools by giving their leadership a common platform to reflect on challenges and more importantly to build resilience together,” said Wijtenburg

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