Special schools transition to e-learning

05 May 2020 | Education

JUSTICIA SHIPENA

WINDHOEK



Schools in Namibia are transitioning from classroom to online teaching, and special schools have also tackled this challenge.

They have modified online lessons and host virtual check-ins with learners in the new world of distance learning.

According to deputy director of special programmes and schools, Leopoldine Nakasole, they have created WhatsApp groups with teachers from special schools to share learning materials that are simplified for different grades.

“The individual teachers are also communicating with the parents of children with intellectual impairments and sharing what they can do with their children at home, depending on which phase they are,” she said.



Audio and video

Nakasole added that at the school for the deaf, teachers were asked to record video lessons using sign language.

“They prepare their lessons the same way they would conduct a face-to-face lesson. The recorded lesson is then sent to specific learners via mobile,” she said. Learners without access to the internet receive printed booklets from the school.

The schools for visually impaired learners use the same strategy, but they print their booklets in large font.

“For those who are totally blind, the teachers record audio which is then sent to the learners and they also provide them with Braille booklets for different subjects.”

Schools for learners with learning difficulties were instructed to record video and audio and simplify the booklets in such a way that learners are able to understand.

Nakasole emphasised that it is the responsibility of every teacher to make sure that there are enough booklets for all learners and that they receive their learning material.

“You make sure that at the end of every week, you assess the learners' performance. Every Friday, the teachers follow up and give memos for the test which is included in the booklets,” she said.

Nakasole added that this same e-learning process is followed by other schools, with the difference that teaching children with disabilities requires teachers to pay extra attention to their learners.

Similar News

 

Education ministry to advertise 488 teaching posts

4 hours ago | Education

The education ministry has, as part of their efforts of improving efficiency of use of resources, an internal audit was conducted to establish the magnitude...

Education dreams shattered

16 hours ago | Education

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDUA school at Rundu has yet to resume face-to-face teaching because of...

Future of studying in 2021

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Monique Adams and Mariselle Stofberg With the changes to the Namibian curriculum in schools, the senior secondary phase will start in grade 10 and...

Our voices will be heard

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Dellya Ngo Bakalag Karibib Private School learners took the initiative to stand up against violence by taking the problem to the streets of the town...

KPS, home to new leaders

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Dellya Ngo Bakalag During the course of an eventful Thursday, students gathered in the school hall while adhering to social distancing to hear the manifestos...

Bidding farewell

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Dellya Ngo Bakalag and Ujandja Uanguta The air was tingling with anticipation on 22 October. That day finally came, the day all seniors wait for....

Catching up with Mr Hockey

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Dellya Ngo Bakalag & Ujandja UangutaWe sat down and chatted with the principal of Karibib Private School, Mr Vincent Hockey. First of all, how have...

New school in Grootfontein

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Ester Kamati – Karstveld Academy is a new school currently under construction in Grootfontein, hoping to welcome learners from across the country in January 2021.The...

Star teacher of the week

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Elizabeth Joseph Jeanine Burger is an English grade 4 teacher and the head of department for Afrikaans and English for grades 4-7 at the...

Namibia National Student Prayer Day

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Michelline NawatisesThe students of different institutions took the initiative to host a prayer day. The prayer day took place on the 24 October 2020 at...

Latest News

Education ministry to advertise 488...

4 hours ago | Education

The education ministry has, as part of their efforts of improving efficiency of use of resources, an internal audit was conducted to establish the magnitude...

Dead-end debt

16 hours ago | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy – Government will spend about N$1.2 billion more in 2020/21 on interest on its debt than on its entire development budget for Namibia.The...

'Stuck without tap water since...

16 hours ago | Economics

A group of Helao Nafidi residents on Monday started excavating a traditional well to use as their source of water after the town council failed...

Emerging markets' debt tops US$4...

16 hours ago | Economics

US dollar-denominated debt in emerging markets has risen past US$4 trillion for the first time following a surge in issuance during the Covid-19 crisis, data...

'Calibre' of youth worries Swapo

16 hours ago | Politics

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATI“We are ready to pass on the seats but when you see the calibre of young people we have and the utterances they make...

Old guard must go and...

16 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKWalvis Bay Urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge, who is vying to retain his seat in the upcoming local and regional authority elections, says it...

Pandemic slashes tourism by 70%

16 hours ago | Economics

Madrid - International tourists arrivals plunged by an annualised 70% during the first eight months of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Tourism...

China brainstorms new 5-year plan

16 hours ago | Economics

BEIJING - China's fifth Communist Party Plenum - which runs through Thursday behind closed doors – is expected to lay out the framework for the...

Namibians feel unsafe

16 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibians polled by an international organisation say they do not feel safe walking the streets, while Namibia has once again been ranked as one...

Load More