By Kaya 959 News
It has been exactly one year since South Africa entered its first hard lockdown.
Teacher unions say their members have had to adapt to difficult working conditions.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) says government needs to speed up the provision of infrastructure in schools.
SADTU says access to proper infrastructure will enable blended learning to be a reality if another lockdown is implemented.
Over R402-billion has been budgeted for basic and higher education in this financial year.
SADTUs General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke says this amount won’t bring in the changes that are needed.
The 2021 academic year kicked off on February 15.
President Cyril Ramaphosa pushed back the start of term one, following a rise in COVID-19 cases.
If there are no further disruptions, pupils will complete 192 school days this year.
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Homeschooling on the rise
Meanwhile, South Africa has seen an increase in the enrollment of learners at homeschooling centres.
The Basic Education Department says parents who have opted for homeschooling need to ensure that the centres they use are registered.
The Pan African Home Education Association says parents can get into homeschooling without any issues with the right support.
The organisation’s founder, Nandi Msezane, says realising that mainstream schooling was not for her child made her embark on the journey.