CAPE TOWN- Curro Holdings, a South African private school group, is set to launch an online school that offers a flexible yet structured education model, with classes taught by current Curro teachers.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country many parents are concerned about the reopening of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic and are reconsidering alternative options.
Earlier this week Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced that only Grade 7 and 12 pupils will be going back to school on 1 June.
Curro Online is a learn-from-home online model that is aligned with the school’s enhanced Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) curriculum.
“We’ve been developing our digital education offering for some time now, which is evident with our recently launched DigiEd model. We set out to understand the frustrations of parents, and the learner, and how best to serve them and came up with a different proposition,” says Curro Online Business Manager, Jay Paul.
Paul stresses that Curro Online is not a home-schooling model, where parents need to take on the responsibility of teaching and continuous supervision.
The school will be English-medium and will initially offer grades 4 to 9, with new grades being phased in every year. Learners in Matric will write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) examinations.
The easy-to-follow curriculum has a variety of video material, recorded live lessons and other learning material. “Each learner can choose which material best suits their learning preference, and then complete a variety of assignments and assessments for us to test their understanding,” said Paul.
Extra-curricular activities will be available at existing Curro campuses, and Curro Online learners will also have access to an educational psychologist for virtual consultations, if needed.
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