The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on South Africa’s education sector. Although the government took decisive measures to adhere to health, safety and social-distancing requirements, very little was done to ensure children in vulnerable communities could continue to learn.
According to a recent report, the majority of learners in private schools were able to transition to online learning with minimum disruption during lockdown. But this was not the case for learners in non-fee paying schools. It is estimated that less than half of these children have access to the internet in their homes making it almost impossible for them to continue their studies online and compounding existing inequality.
Since the start of the pandemic, millions of children have had their education disrupted — take the quiz to learn how the livelihoods of our future generation are likely to be impacted.