133 primary schools Limpopo have been piloted for the Coding and Robotics programme for the 2021/2022 financial year.
This is according to Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo who, at the Department of Basic Education budget vote debate, said the inclusion of Coding and Robotics in the curriculum is important for young people across the country.
“Coding and Robotics are designed to provide learners with knowledge, values and skills needed for the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Boshielo.
The Limpopo Education Department has embarked on a project to give grades one and eight pupils tablets as part of its e-learning project.
“As a department, we will be offering in-house training courses to 200 targeted educators through the department’s coding club,” said Boshielo.
She said this club is composed of educators who are knowledgeable in this field and will be used as an important resource in rolling out the project.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the dynamics of teaching and learning forcing learners, educators and policy makers to embrace the new normal.
“The pandemic has compelled us to accelerate our efforts towards embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution, access to technology is no longer meant for the privileged few but it is a basic necessity for all,” said Boshielo.
The MEC said R228 million has been set aside for the rollout of e-learning in the province.
“A two-prompt approach will be followed in rolling out the e-learning strategy, the first one is implemented at 106 Maths Science and Technology schools with smart classrooms,” said Boshielo.
Boshielo said the second one will be the provisioning of tablets to learners and laptops to educators in schools in the province.