Learners to be taught in smaller groups
27 May 2020 | Education
Learners will be divided into smaller groups for teaching when schools reopen on 3 June, education ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp has said.
This forms part of the recently released guidelines for education staff to ensure continued learning and preparedness for the resumption of face-to-face tuition after the coronavirus national lockdown.
“Learners should be divided into smaller groups for teaching. This is possible since the other classrooms for grades four, five, six, eight and 10 will be empty as they are only expected to return on 20 July. The number of learners of smaller groups will depend on the classroom size and should be determined as such at each school,” Steenkamp said.
She noted that current timetables should be revised and timeslots for non-promotional subjects should be replaced with promotional subjects. Before all learners return to school, the timetable should be revised to contain promotional subjects and life science only.
Teachers for grades eight and 10 and grades four and six should be assigned to either invigilate groups of learners or to teach subjects for which they are qualified.
“Schools will allocate specific sites to a specific group of learners to adhere to social distancing during breaktime and teachers and learners' representative council members must ensure that this is being followed, as they will do school ground duties at specific sites and demarcated areas,” she said.
Steenkamp added that hostel management should ensure that dormitories are not overcrowded and regional directors should ensure that additional bunk beds and matrasses are procured for adherence to social distancing regulations.
Supervisors must also ensure that regulations are put in place at all schools and hostels.
The end-of-year assessment for all grades is tentatively scheduled to take place from 9 November until 18 December, Steenkamp added.