MOTETEMA – Two days after the Department of Basic Education finally reopened schools in the country for Grades 7 and 12 learners on 08 June, the Sekhukhune TVET College’s CS Barlow Campus in Motetema Township outside Groblersdal also reopened its doors for learning for students last Wednesday 10 June 2020.
According to the institution of higher learning only N3 and N6 engineering students were allowed to resume their academic sessions as per the Higher Education Ministerial call to only allow 33 percent of the staff’s and students’ population back at the institutions during the lockdown level 3, prioritizing final year students.
Abiky Kgolane, Sekhukhune TVET College Marketing and Communications Officer, said the campus was ready to accept the students back to the as per integrated health and safety plan in line with the National Disaster Management Act, Higher Health specifications, and health and safety regulations as specified to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Kgolane said that students and staff entering the campus were screened, registered and their temperature also checked.
“Classes are also cleaned, sanitized and rearranged to allow for the required social distance. Students and staff members were also given facial protective masks,” said Kgolane.
Thabang Ramanyela, Students Representative Committee Chairperson, who is an N5 Marketing and Management Student at the college and also part of the college’s COVID-19 Command Committee, said they were happy with the college’s preparations and looking forward to welcome all the students back for their studies.
Kgolane indicated that other students would gradually be phased-in back to the campus between then and the end of July month when they would be fully accommodated.
He said those who were not back to their classes would continue to receive the academic support through usage of the e-guides, electronic lessons, previous questions and memorandums, uploaded You-tube videos and websites to assist them.
“These are also supported through bulk text messages from the college and WhatsApp groups set up by the college’s lecturers,” concluded Kgolane.