Story By: Tumelo Sekwele
The Gauteng Provincial Department of Education in Partnership with Tshepo 1 Million hosted the official launch of the e-learning content platform. The launch was held at Soshanguve East Secondary school in Pretoria on the 11th of October; under the theme changing the landscape of township Education.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi reminded the attendees about the promise he made 5-6 years ago that there will be no chalkboards and dusters in schools. The e-learning program will help learners by providing education 24 hours utilizing tablets. This means learning materials will be uploaded daily to make it easier for parents to help their children with their school work. Tests will also be uploaded on the site and will be marked online.
The MEC highlighted the issue of security that people have tried to hack the system but failed. Joe Mpisi, chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Education said he is glad that the education system has changed since his high school days. “I’m happy that children don’t have to walk long distances to get to school anymore and they are the generation of technology,” said Mpisi. The e-learning platform was developed by local experts within the Gauteng Provincial Department of Education.