Duduzile Gumede
2 minute read
12 May 2020
7:00 am

Lockdown Diaries: Gap between the haves and have-nots widens

Duduzile Gumede

Some kids will go on as normal with their education, using online learning with the help of their parents. But for the poor, not even television learning is an option. What TV?

An overcrowded classroom in a rural school. Picture: Twitter

The planned reopening of the schools has brought much uncertainty to parents and teachers. But the past five weeks of lockdown have been frustrating for everyone who has a schoolgoing child. I was shocked by a social media photo circulating of a poor girl who has become a symbol for backward learning. “I am not against online learning but what about us?” – and there is the picture of a little girl in a rural area. I gave the WhatsApp pic just a glance and didn’t forward it. My pain was about the little girl’s self-esteem. How can they make...