Covid-19 is a topic of conversation that we have become accustomed to over the last year. Since the virus made its appearance in South Africa, parents, educators and students alike have been plagued with the uncertainty for the education system. Swales Online Academy was created due to a need in the market for quality online education managed by teachers trained specifically for online platforms. It is unlikely that covid-19 will disappear anytime soon, therefore it is of utmost importance that we ensure that the future generation are not disadvantaged.

How Covid-19 is Impacting South Africa’s Education System

Technology has been the saving grace of educators around the world, serving as a platform for lessons to continue as normal. Swales Online Academy discuss the impact that covid-19 has had on the South African education system. For more online learning guidance and information, visit the Swales blog.

1. Inequality is Evident

It is becoming increasingly concerning that certain schools are at an advantage due to funding and social class. Rural schools are struggling to continue with the syllabus whilst maintaining social distancing and not having access to technology. Children enrolled in more privileged schools are reaping the benefits, as they were able to stay on track throughout the hard lockdown via online platforms, platforms that rural schools did not have access to. Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa, stated that “A child’s experience of education in South Africa is still dependent on where they are born, how wealthy they are, and the colour of their skin”. This has been thoroughly demonstrated throughout the pandemic.

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2. Online Learning Is on the Rise

The covid-19 pandemic has shown multiple students that they are capable and can enjoy the freedom of learning online from home. This is a game changer for education institutes, as many will be able to make the move to online and significantly cut down on their overhead expenses. Online learning has opened new doors for students, who now have many more options for their education. Schools, such as DHS, are embracing this uncertain time and providing students with the option to obtain a quality education without having to commit to physical schooling. This is particularly ideal for children with physical disabilities, injuries that will keep them home for months, rising sports stars who travel frequently or who have parents whose jobs require them to move around.

Make the Switch to Online Learning with Swales Online Academy

If you are looking for a reputable online school to continue with throughout covid-19, and further, Swales Online Academy is a division of Durban High School and is run by well-trained and passionate educators. Find out more here or enrol your child today.

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