Home education leader Impaq now offers free online classes
Impaq has launched free Grade R-9 online classes at a time when there are growing concerns around the safety of children at schools amid COVID-19.
Since 2002, a combined total of over 100 000 learners have used Impaq’s home education services. (Supplied)

Impaq, a leading home education provider with over 21 000 learners, has launched free Grade R-9 online classes at a time when there are growing concerns around the safety of children at schools amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

These live-streamed, CAPS-aligned classes help learners to continue learning from the safety and comfort of their homes for the duration of the lockdown, and they are hosted by top teachers and facilitators. There will also be regular classes for Grade 10-12 learners.

The classes cover subjects ranging from English to Mathematics, isiZulu, Natural Sciences and many more. 

The way it works is that parents and learners can view a timetable on the online schooling link on the Impaq website. From here, they will be able to find the grade and subjects that they want to do classes in, and then select the time and schedule of the next live session.

If learners miss a live session, they can still watch a recorded version of the class afterward.

Keeping children and families safe

Amid schools slowly reopening, the Department of Basic Education has said that parents are within their rights not to send their children back immediately this year if they have any concerns over their health. The department has also said that schools cannot deregister any child for this reason. 

As a result, many parents across the country are seriously considering continuing schooling from their own homes for the remainder of 2020 and even beyond.

This is why Impaq — which has over 18 years’ experience in structured home education — has decided to extend a helping hand to these parents and learners by offering this support in the form of its free online classes. Impaq’s approach and comprehensive support around homeschooling can help make the transition for these parents easier. 

Impaq is the largest home education provider in the country with more than 21 000 registered Grade R-12 learners for this year alone. Since 2002, a combined total of over 100 000 learners have used Impaq’s home education services.

For parents who are considering a more permanent home education setup, Impaq follows a CAPS-aligned curriculum which means that we will ensure your child won’t be left behind in their educational journey, and that they can easily return to a traditional school sometime in the future without missing a step.

For working parents, Impaq is especially helpful as it provides children with a structured learning plan at home as well as partnerships with hundreds of independent tutors across the country. Impaq provides study materials and assessments as well.

Learners who use Impaq’s solutions also fall under the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI), which is an examination body overseen by Umalusi. On completion of Grade 12, learners receive a NSC certificate that will enable them to apply to tertiary institutions, such as universities, should they decide to do so.

In addition, Optimi Campus, which is affiliated with Impaq, provides home education learners in the FET phase (Grade 10 – Grade 12) with further support and more of an in-depth approach to learning that includes smaller classes and individual attention. The campus is situated in the Lynnwood area in Pretoria.

Louise Schoonwinkel, Managing Director of Optimi Home (the company which operates Impaq and Optimi Campus), says: “Learning and working from home has become part of our new normal. But with this has come further challenges in terms of ensuring that children don’t miss out on learning. We believe that Impaq can help hugely in this regard, and that our free online schooling will go a long way in providing parents and learners with that extra guidance that they may need.”

This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by Optimi. 

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