The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on South Africa’s education system, which is evident from a 5.1% drop in the matric pass rates of 2020 compared to 2019. The pandemic has required schools to re-evaluate how they can best deliver the education syllabus to learners, the internet has aided greatly in this regard with schools being able to offer lessons via Zoom. However not all schools and learners
are fortunate enough to have internet access which has created an inequality gap.
In order to bridge this inequality gap, the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal has partnered with the KwaZulu-Natal Museum to help schools that have been affected by the pandemic. The idea is to create visual teaching aids for Life Science that complement the CAPS syllabus, in order for the learners to grasp the concepts easily. The KZN Museum’s Education Department took up the challenge and developed 120 teaching aids, which cover a total of 8 sections, ranging from grades 10 to 12.
These learning aids will be donated to 28 local schools, with each school receiving a single pack comprising of topics covered in the Life Sciences syllabus such as RNA, Viruses, Bacteria and Mitosis to name a few. The aids are not only meant to stimulate the learners visually but are designed to be interactive, allowing both students and teachers to actively construct a cell or build an RNA strand, which will hopefully result in better memory retention.