Johannesburg – SABC has launched a new TV channel meant to benefit all pupils during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has negatively affected the country’s education system.
The channel, called SABC Education, went live on Monday, initially available on YouTube and digital terrestrial TV.
SABC group CEO Madoda Mxakwe said the nation requires such interventions to fill gaps that have been created by the Covid-19 related changes.
“This will ensure that education and learning continues outside the traditional classroom environment. The SABC Education channel is a long-term project that is targeted at foundation, intermediate, high school, civic and tertiary education categories. The introduction of the channel is in line with our education strategy which has been in the pipeline for some time,” he said.
Mxakwe explained that the core content will be broadcast in a customary manner, while ancillary programming will stream via digital platforms. “The digital streaming of the channel will be carried using the SABC Education portal, SABC Education Virtual Academy, social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other SABC channel websites.”
He added that the channel will broadcast public service content from the Department of Education, educational programmes currently available on SABC 1, 2, 3 and SABC’s archived material on limited basis.