What resources are available to school students during the lockdown?


SA schools closed on Wednesday,18 March in preparation of the Covid-19 lockdown. Now that the president has announced the gradual downgrading of the lockdown, the question of whether schools will reopen once level 4 is initiated on the 1st of May has been making its rounds.

However, a separate press briefing will be hosted on Monday (27 April) to address the phased reopening of schools and universities. 

As a temporary substitute since the start of the lockdown, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has prepared online and broadcast support resources comprising subject content and a focus on Grade 12 learners and the promotion of reading for all the grades.

The department is working closely with key partners to coordinate and make available content tailored to support our learners’ educational and health needs during this time.

The DBE website has been updated with current and relevant content inclusive of reading resources and websites. Other content which is available on websites of our partners has also been made available through links on the DBE website on

Basic Education and SABC launch Coronavirus COVID-19 TV and radio curriculum support programmes for learners

The Department of Basic Education and SABC have launched a multi-media learner support initiative under the banner: COVID-19 Learner Support aimed at limiting the impact of the lockdown to the school calendar.

The programme and will broadcast across three SABC TV Channels and 13 Radio stations with online support.

The TV Schedule is as follows:

SABC 1: Mon-Sun 05h00 – 06h00
SABC 2: Mon – Fri and 09h30 -11h00
SABC 3: Mon – Fri 06h00 – 07h00

The radio slots:

Western Cape Education Department 

The WCED’s portal has been updated for home learning. We encourage parents and learners to visit this site:

There are also a variety of examination papers for various grades available on our website for download:

Higher Education & Training

Online Learning: A process is underway to upload previous examination papers for students to work through in preparation for examinations. Colleges will be informed on how students can access these examination question papers.

NSFAS COVID-19 contingency plan and disbursements: All NSFAS funded and registered students will receive their allowances during the recess.

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