Mbalo Brief – April 2021

The impact of COVID-19 pandemic has posed some challenges on the education in South Africa and across the globe. Many learners, students, lecturers, teachers and even parents and guardians were forced to transition from the contact (physical classroom) learning environment to virtual learning. Parents and guardians instantly became teachers overnight as they had to assist their children with online learning. Additionally, some learners felt a little disadvantaged during this time because they did not have adequate or reliable access to internet and/or technology (such as laptops or computers), proper network (connectivity) and a conducive learning environment at home. It is evident that the COVID-19 pandemic caused a major teaching and learning crisis in South Africa. On the brighter side, however, it is thanks to this crisis that a digital learning revolution with new tools, platforms and methods that can enhance the learning and teaching environment was ignited. Furthermore, a research by SH!FT has shown that students retain 25% to 60% more material when learning online compared to only 8% to 10% in a classroom. This is because when learning online, students can learn at their own pace, going back

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