The Inspired Education Group will be offering a hybrid education model that enables parents to opt for either virtual or on-campus learning. This group has announced that it will be reopening on 13 January as planned on Wednesday.
This announcement follows media reports that the Independent Schools of Southern Africa (ISASA) has recommended private schools to reopen from 12-18 January.Inspired Education is a global group with over 60 schools across five continents. This is the parent company of Reddam House and Reddford House in SA.
CEO of Inspired Education in SA, Ravi Nadasen, told Gauteng News the announcement by ISASA is a recommendation to private schools. It is based on the possibility that there may be further announcements on 15 January when President Ramaphosa addresses the nation.
“We are in the fortunate position to have the freedom to determine the manner and methods in which to support our students’ safe return to school, and we have elected to offer parents and students the choice made possible by our hybrid approach.
“Virtual learning that allows for live interaction with teachers is the next best thing to being in a classroom. It is fundamental for all children to maintain consistency in learning so they can make important progress and achieve their full potential,”
Online learning at Inspired schools will replicate the normal school day and hours, as well as the curriculum, ensuring that no school days will be lost.According to Nadasen this model enables them to effectively switch back to online learning as and when required to do so.
“This is an interim solution to offer flexibility for those parents who are not comfortable sending their children back to school currently, or to isolate for a period if they have been away on holiday, which ensures their child’s education continues uninterrupted,”
He stressed that Covid-19 protocols will be stringently adhered to and all staff will be retrained to ensure heightened awareness of safety protocols.
“This includes mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and sanitising, reduced campus access, regular classroom cleaning, and morning temperature checks on arrival.”