Ga-Sekororo - The Limpopo Department of Education welcomed learners back on 26 July 2021, for the third term of school following their extended winter break. The extended schools closure due to Covid-19 brought significant disruptions to education across the province as the pandemic is giving rise to
learning losses.This week MEC Polly Boshielo was on a monitoring programme by visiting education districts as learners were returning to schools. During the visits,
the MEC met with School Management Teams (SMTs),
School Governing Bodies (SGBs) and learners. This was
to figure out whether learning and teaching is delivered to the required standards under the current circumstances, and that management teams have means to improve aspects of school effectiveness.
There was a delay in schools reopening as the country moved to adjusted level 4 lockdown in response to the third wave of Covid-19 infections in the country.
The monitoring programme provides an opportunity to support teaching and learning including overseeing the planning of work,while further emphasising the need for schools to implement learning recovery programs to reduce and reverse the long term negative effects brought by Covid-19 pandemic.
MEC Boshielo begun the
programme by visiting Dendron Secondary and Dendron
Primary schools in Capricorn North District, followed by
Tshikundamalema Secondary and Maramanzhi Primary schools in Vhembe East District, Maahlamele Secondary and Diphuti Primary school in Mopani
East District and concluded with Frank Mashile Secondary and Tlakale Nchebeleng Primary school in Sekhukhune East District.
“Education has the power to change our world and while the challenges in education are daunting, we believe that action gets results and creates impact. Allocating blame and criticising others will not achieve the results. Working alone will result in disillusionment and burn-out
as the challenges are daunting.I urge all of you to make a concerted effort to work together to create a story of hope and possibility, and to create a momentum focused on achieving quality education. Let’s mitigate the challenges created by the outbreak of Covid -19 pandemic while also building a more resilient education system because the learning losses arising from
Covid-19 pandemic are likely to have a long - term compound,”said MEC Boshielo as she conclude the meeting with stakeholders in Mopani East District.
Story by Lephale Seshoka