DA Gauteng questions lack of e-learning strategy

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education

The DA in Gauteng is concerned that there is no e-learning strategy as yet in Gauteng.

The Gauteng Education Department has simply supplied tablets to schools without any implementation plan. While delivery details involving the tablets are reportedly confidential, at least 1188 tablets provided to schools this year have been stolen to date.

The implementation of an e-learning project will not materialise while there is no teacher development on the utilisation of the tablets. This project will fail if it remains unclear what e-learning is intended to achieve.

In the interim, the majority of learners, mostly from disadvantaged communities, are denied an opportunity to enhance their learning through technology. Public money also goes to waste while the department continues to delay.

I will be submitting questions to the MEC for Education in Gauteng to establish the following:

  1. Whether the stolen tablets will be replaced and at what cost
  2. What measures will be put into place at schools to prevent further such theft
  3. What timeframes the department has determined for the roll-out of an implementation plan
  4. What training is planned to ensure that educators are able to properly integrate e-learning into their current teaching practices

The DA fully supports e-learning projects where learners will be able to access free internet at school and bridge the digital divide to improve their education.

However, this can only be achieved when the project is led by information, technology and communication experts who can advise service providers on how to roll out fit-for purpose IT capability in our schools.