South Africa’s Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, says that the Covid-19 pandemic has provided the scope for a shake-up of South Africa’s school system, insisting though that she was not advocating for ‘wholesale curriculum changes’, but that there was room for an overhaul of key issues. Some of the key proposals highlighted by Motshekga include the need to address the language in education policy, which currently limits the language of learning and teaching to English and Afrikaans. The low uptake and throughput in STEM subjects will also be addressed, while every school child in South Africa will be supplied with digital workbooks and textbooks on a tablet device by 2024.
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