Teacher Connect is a live helpdesk app that lets its users connect with learners by providing live mentoring through its real-time dashboards.
It’s also integrated with Health Check – a digital risk assessment and mapping tool that will help the Department of Health to track and monitor potential Covid-19 cases.
“This Teacher Connect is a one-stop digital solution for teachers and learners in the time of Covid-19 pandemic. It will greatly assist in the phased reopening of all the schools. This tool helps us to align with the health department’s protocols on screening, testing and linkages to care,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday.
The Teacher Connect app was launched by the minister at Lemoshanang Teacher Development Centre in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.
“It puts the non-pharmaceutical measures firmly in the hands of the schooling community, teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and learners,” said Motshekga.
To use the app, teachers, parents and learners can simply login on the platform to answer a few simple questions relating to the symptoms and risks of Covid-19.
Now that learners are returning to schools across the country, schools are required to do daily health screen tests on teachers and learners before allowing them access to the premises.
Everyone will need to show that they have completed the daily health check and before moving further onto the property.
Those who are considered to be at a moderate or high risk will be entered into the Health department’s tracking and tracing process.
“This is part and parcel of our final onslaught against Covid-19 as we gradually open our economy but also put everything in place to protect our education and all its related benefits.
“We think it will give some confidence to parents and caregivers about all the different safety measures that we are putting in place to make sure that our children in particular, and our teachers and entire school community remains safe,” said Motshekga.
To access the app, teachers, parents and learners can save the Teacher Connect app number on 060 060 3333 to conduct a health check.