Basic Education Dept Reports Up To 75% Learning Loss in 2020
The Basic Education Department says that learners lost between 50% and 75% of a normal year's worth of schooling in 2020. And indicates that this may have a lasting negative in the long term.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Department of Basic Education said that it was concerned by the loss in learning which has happened as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Adding that the delay to the start of the 2021 academic year would have a last negative impact in the long term.
We have now begun to measure Covid-19 related learning losses in South Africa by comparing how much children learned in 2020 with how much they learned in a normal school year before that. These measures indicate that between 50% and 75% of a normal year's worth of learning was lost during 2020
The department's director for research, Stephen Taylor added that it is likely that learners across other grades have been similarly affected. In order to salvage what is left of the academic year, the department proposed that the third term school holiday break, scheduled for 1 October to be cancelled.
However, the department's proposal has since been met with disagreement by a collective of teacher's unions and school governing bodies across the country citing the need for learners to take a break and lower Covid-19 infection risk.
To justify the proposed cancellation of the upcoming school break, the department also pointed out that based on its current data, they predict lower outcomes for high school learners if they fail to catch up to pre-pandemic trajectories.
"Assuming that the schooling system is unable to successfully catch up to pre-pandemic trajectories, they predict Grade 12 outcomes may be expected to be lower over time. In the long run, the learning losses in primary school may lead to an increase in dropout when these children reach Grades 10, 11 and 12.
The department also pointed out that this loss in teaching and learning would have a greater impact on poorer communities due to their inability to access remote learning.
The impact on early learning for children attending ECD centres is also likely to have been significant since attendance rates at ECD centres have also dropped considerably since the pandemic. There is now evidence from the NIDS-CRAM survey that more school-aged children are not attending school than usual.
Those looking for student accommodation, have you looked at CampusKey yet? You really should. With all-inclusive student accommodation, you'll be on your way to being inspired and gaining that success that's well in your grasp. Apply now to live in a space that's won many awards.
A background in Logistics offers one the qualification to be able to oversee or organize the transportation, storage and distribution of goods within a business’ supply chain, which represents a vital part of the business’ ability to perform efficiently. For someone who has their sights set on a career in Logistics, South African private and public universities offer a great variety of qualifications within this field to choose from.
Most popular articles today
Students at the University of the Free State may have to present vaccination certificates to access campuses next year. This comes as the institution is looking to return students to campus in a way that will prioritize safety and minimise the risk of Covid-19 infections.
The recently held National Teachers Awards included a prize where teachers needed to identify a learner who would win a Funza Lushaka Bursary. This Bursary offers a multi-year programme to students, which promotes teaching as a profession.
Other people were also interested in:
After the University of Cape Town announced the launch of their online high school, they have now confirmed the appointment of the director and principal of the school who is an avid educationalist.