[ACCI-CAVIE] According to consistent African Centre for Competitive Intelligence sources, the practicality and other benefits of e-learning have been particularly highlighted in Africa during the more than two years of Covid-19. Several countries are considering formalizing the introduction of e-learning into their systems.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, school was disrupted in South Africa. In order to protect students and other learners from future crises, government authorities decided to use ICT as an asset.
At a summit hosted by South African multinational Naspers on 23th March 2022, Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni (pictured) announced the upcoming introduction of online schooling into South Africa’s education system. According to her, 18,000 public schools will first be connected to the Internet. The South African authorities are counting on the country’s main telecommunications companies, which have recently received high-speed telecoms spectrum, to carry out this task.
According to the minister, “all students in public schools, from grades 1 to 12, and in community colleges will have an email address with security features and digital signatures. This will allow teachers to share educational content with learners and achieve some level of online learning.”
With the Covid-19 crisis over the past two years and the resulting school closures, online education has seen a major boom in Africa. Several local companies such as MTN have entered this segment and have been offering a digital curriculum since October 2021. The University of Cape Town has also launched an online high school in 2022. The latter has already registered 8,000 applications for its courses, We AreTech Africa learns.
Online school is an interesting alternative when all the conditions are in place. The Ministry of Basic Education is developing a new framework to regulate the sector. In January 2022, Angie Motshekga, the minister in charge, said the regulatory framework “has been shared with provincial education departments for their input and feedback, before it can be circulated to other stakeholders.”