President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was a priority that the education sector regains the time it lost to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking during his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday evening, Ramaphosa said: “Of the many hardships our other folks had to ride last year, schooling disruption placed a sizable burden on learners, teachers and families. Despite this, they persevered. It is our priority for this year to regain lost time and make stronger educational outcomes, from the early years via to high college and publish-college education and training.”
In his address, Ramaphosa targeted on four priorities for the year, which included defeating the coronavirus, accelerating economic recovery, implementing economic reforms to create sustainable jobs, and fighting corruption and strengthening the state that has been weakened.
“Equally, we must give attention to points affecting teenagers including improving college-readiness, ECD [early childhood development] planning and funding, safety against preventable diseases, policy reform around youngster welfare and reducing violence against teenagers,” he said.
After the first national state of disaster was announced in March last year, students had been forced to stay at house, whereas some continued with their curriculum online.
This year, the college calendar was pushed back two weeks by the second wave of Covid-19. The basic education department has released the college calendar which can give colleges 40 weeks to total the 2021 academic year.
Ramaphosa said the executive had approved a undertaking called “SA Join”, which may well roll out broadband to varsities, hospitals, police stations and different executive facilities.
He said a R100bn infrastructure fund was now in “plump operation”, and education facilities can be among the initiatives that would take pleasure in it.
“This fund will mix sources from the fiscus with financing from the private sector and developmental institutions. Its approved undertaking pipeline for 2021 is varied and includes the Scholar Housing Infrastructure Programme, which aims to obtain 300,000 scholar beds,” he said.
The primary college time period is anticipated to begin next Monday, February 15, and finish on Friday, April 23, whereas universities are expected to reopen in March.
Basic education minister Angie Motshekga was scheduled to temporary the media on Sunday regarding the state of readiness for the reopening of colleges.
by Amanda Khoza