Learners weigh in on the implications of reopening schools

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13 May 2020, Daily Maverick, Ayanda Mthethwa

Above are some of the tough and relevant questions that learners asked during a webinar session titled Getting to Grips, organised by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) on Tuesday 12 May.

In each series, the webinar sessions seek to deliberate on uncertainties and questions that learners and the youth have about the coronavirus.

Tuesday’s webinar attempted to take a bite out of learners’ anxieties about the reopening of schools while the world battles with Covid-19.

Blessing Motaung, a learner and a participant in the webinar, started the session by asking how time lost as a result of the lockdown will be recovered.

Responding to participants’ questions was Likho Bottoman, the deputy director of social mobilisation and support at the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

“For us to be able to catch up with the curriculum that has been lost we were proposing that there should be a way to extend the school day, to make sure that learners have enough time to catch up,” he said.

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