Two schools in Sedibeng have received multimedia centres and tablets from the Gauteng Department of Education in partnership with MTN SA Foundation and Huawei South Africa.Sapphire Secondary School Deputy and Rutasetjhaba Secondary School are utilizing their multimedia centres to save the school year and catch-up with the syllabus, seeing that the education sector was negatively affected by the Coronavirus.
Sapphire Secondary School Deputy Principal, Salamina Nchaupe said the national lockdown, introduced to combat the spread of the infectious disease, interrupted their school calendar. As a result, learners and teachers had to first adapt to homeschooling and then to the irregular school times that were implemented to maintain social distancing when learners returned to class.
“Over and above using the smart board in the multimedia centre and digital devices that were handed over to learners for everyday teaching and learning in class, I believe this centre and educational gadgets will also come in handy in helping learners continue doing their research and learning at home because there is a lot of catching up that we need to do,” said Nchaupe.
Grade 12 learners are also using the centre to look at their various options and the opportunities available to them when they complete their matric. They can also use the centre to apply for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme bursary. Nchaupe said the tablets will go a long way in improving how education is delivered to the 1 200 learners.
“We hope that no burglaries will be experienced by our school as we have seen it happening to other schools that had received similar equipment in the province in the past. We have various security measures in place to ensure that we safeguard this investment, for the benefit of our learners, but it is also the community’s responsibility to make our schools safe,” she concluded.