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Despite comorbidities, teachers won’t leave matrics ‘in the lurch’

Teachers harness tech tools – and even cough up for data – to get locked-down pupils through the syllabus

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Two teachers monitored Leeanne Makhoba and four other matric pupils through a video call last week as they wrote a 45-minute life orientation test from home. 

Moments before the test, questions were sent on WhatsApp to the parents of the matriculants. When the test was completed the teachers screen-grabbed the pupils’ answers.

The five pupils at Protea Secondary in Chatsworth, Durban, have comorbidities (additional health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension) that would put them at risk if they returned to class. The school also has three teachers with comorbidities, but they are determined to help their matrics and agreed to teach them on the school premises...

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