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The Enabling Environment

The Western Cape Government (WCG), the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and the State Information Agency (SITA), has completed the Broadband connectivity installation at schools in the province. The next work to be done is the wireless Local Area Network (LAN) to connect classrooms to the Broadband internet connectivity of the Wide Area Network (WAN).

BBi (Broadband Initiative) Project

The purpose of the Broadband project is to bring fast internet into the school environment which is a game-changer for the WCED. In general, the installation of Fibre Optics / Wireless broadband connections in WCED schools will provide fast and reliable internet.

The Schools LAN Implementation Project

The broader purpose of the Schools LAN Project is to enable teachers and learners in each of the instructional rooms in your school, to access the Broadband connectivity. The installation is both cable-based and wireless. This is then part of the bigger eLearning Initiative at your school, which enables the school to access online teaching and learning resources. We have however discovered that a number of schools with functional LANs require assistance in logging teachers and learners onto this new network. The section that follows offers schools such guidance.

The difference between Wi-Fi and Wireless connectivity

In very general terms wireless and Wi-Fi are the same thing in that they allow devices to connect to the Internet without a cable. The functionality and end result is effectively the same. The difference is in the method of connectivity. Wi-Fi is a terminology that refers to short range wireless connection to a broadband connection. Wireless connectivity refers to connecting devices using cellular technology.

How to connect Teachers and Learners onto the Broadband through the school’s LAN.

In order to access the internet via the Local Area Network (LAN), learners and teachers need to log on using assigned usernames and passwords (this is referred to as their “user credentials”).

Please note that:

  • Teachers will be granted access using their PERSAL numbers
  • Learners will be assigned unique user credentials which can be accessed on CEMIS
  • Visitors or governing body appointed staff will be granted access by schools completing a Staff Request Form and emailing it to SchoolsIT.ServiceDesk@westerncape.gov.za.

Where to find the Log-in details for Learners/Teachers

In order to access learner user credentials via CEMIS please browse to the following location:

  • Reports
  • Broadband connectivity
  • Login Credentials

Download the User Guides for a Step-by-Step

  • Open CEMIS in your browser.
  • Please note that you will find a “Broadband connection guide”, “Introduction” and “Staff Request Form” under the “Broadband connectivity” tab.
  • These guides provide step-by-step processes to follow towards getting teachers or learners connected either using their own devices or devices that the school may have for use.
  • The login can be done on most mobile device types and recognises the user and not the device. One user could therefore login using any of the different devices they may have.

Download the LAN Implementation Connection Training Guide and the LAN User Credential Guide for easy access.

Security

  • Antivirus protection and the maintenance of devices are the user’s responsibility.
  • No devices will be allowed to join the domain or browse the network.
  • Users will only be allowed to use a browser to connect to the internet or LMS (Learning Management System) in the cloud.
  • ALL internet traffic will be monitored.
  • All users will be subject to the school’s AUP (Acceptable User Policy) that will govern the use of the WCGSCHOOLS network.

Need assistance or further information?

If you encounter any technical challenge, or you need further information please log your request with the Schools IT Service Desk:

Schools IT Service Desk:

Telephone: 021 900 7123 | Fax: 021 903 1329 | Email: SchoolsIT.ServiceDesk@westerncape.gov.za

District Support Staff

The District eLearning teams, consisting of eAdvisors and Project Managers, are geared to support schools with the integration of eLearning in everyday classroom activities. Schools are requested to make contact with the project managers should they experience LAN-related challenges.

District

Project Manager

Email

Telephone

Metro Central

Cornelius D Scheepers

Cornelius.Scheepers@westerncape.gov.za

021 514 6714

Metro East

Ashric Don

Ashric.Don@westerncape.gov.za

021 900 7106

Metro North

Oriel Bayman

oriel.bayman@westerncape.gov.za

021 938 3142

Metro South

Peter John Van Wyk

Peter-John.VanWyk@westerncape.gov.za

021 370 2038

Cape Winelands

Gilbert Schroeder

Gilbert.Schroeder@westerncape.gov.za

023 348 4631

Eden and Central Karoo

Colin Morris

Colin.Morris@westerncape.gov.za

044 803 8334

West Coast

Samiega Albertus

Samiega.Albertus@westerncape.gov.za

021 860 1200

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