Teacher & Learner Emotional State Must be Monitored – Education Stakeholders

Written by on 16 February, 2021

By: Pamella Majola

It’s the first week of school for most South African learners.

The Department of Basic Education has emphasised that all COVID-19 health and safety protocols are in place, but experts agree the children also need proper emotional support for the best chance to excel this year.

Many learners return to school after losing loved ones or being affected by a parent or guardian’s loss of income.

The Department’s director-general, Hubert Mweli, says they are providing more psycho-social services for learners during these uncertain times.

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The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union’s Mugwena Maluleke says making sure teachers and learners are mentally and emotionally resilient is crucial.

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation’s Maria Van Kerkhove says schools should follow safety regulations, but must also keep communication to learners open.

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