J Kekana Secondary School in Mamelodi is the latest school to join the paperless and digital Gauteng schools that have abandoned the use of traditional chalkboards for digital LED screens (e-boards). The inauguration of this digitalized learning took place yesterday with Tshwane mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa among other Gauteng education stakeholders were present at the event.
Laptops were also given to teachers while Grade 12 students were given tablets. One of the students, Boitumelo Skosana, expressed her joy, saying these new learning devices will help boost her grades.
“We were facing many challenges before we received these tablets. Some learners were often complaining about the dust from the chalkboards. If a learner is absent, they can catch up on the lessons or homework,” said Skosana.
“We expect an improvement in our results. We are confident in ourselves. We are going to push, and we think a 100 percent pass rate is possible. Nothing is impossible.”
The school’s principal Charles Tabane said the Grade 12 students’ performance will now change for the better.
“There is going to be less stress for our educators. The textbooks have been loaded onto the smart boards. These screens are user-friendly. We are no longer going to use the chalk and duster,” said Tabane.
Tracking software have been installed in the tablets, to safeguard against theft and loss. The tracking feature will show the whereabouts of the tablets in the event of a theft of loss. The Gauteng’s education department bought over 17,000 tablets for the Grade 12 students, and some 1,800 3D LED interactive boards for the matric classrooms in school across the province.
This project is the second phase of a pilot project that began in February this year. The Gauteng province wants to transform learning by enabling “paperless classrooms” all over the province.