Department's Plans To Make Online Learning Possible

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Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has afforded the public with details on how his department will be making advances to make online learning possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The arrival of the coronavirus and it being declared a global pandemic has forced many institutions to close it's doors early, delaying some of it's teaching. Institutions are therefore making attempts to have online learning and teaching methods be used so that students and learners are not far behind with work once institution doors reopen. 

Online learning is being encouraged for colleges and the Department of Higher Education (DHET) is therefor preparing online resources in order to make this happen. They are assessing the possibility of using study guides that are readily available for trimester and semester programmes. 

DHET has made e-Learning guides available to all TVET colleges on 26 March. These can be downloaded on smartphones, laptops and tablets. 

A structured catch-up programme is being developed for the annual National Curriculum (Vocational) Programmes. This will take place once colleges reopen. 

Past papers are in the process of being uploaded so that students can work through them in order to prepare for exams.

Institutions have been encouraged to have students complete a survey concerning online learning and the online processing involved. Students should complete these as they are important for making online learning possible. The Department will be using these results obtained to enhance the quality of online learning for students. 

The Department of Basic Education has also taken steps and made resources available to learners. Read our article on this here. 


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