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How Covid-19 Has Drawn A Clear Line Between The Poor And Rich

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Four months into the pandemic, physical education in learning intuitions is total paralyzed. However, learning has not stopped for all. Some private schools are still offering online classes despite the Education CS George Magoha declaring the 2020 academic year canceled.

The story of public school going students is  an entirely different one. Learning stopped in march when they last closed their books. Their syllabus coverage has not progressed an inch from where they left it at. Whereas the privileged kids  from affluent families, learning continues as usual, the only online difference now is that it takes on online.

The likes of Makini schools, Brookhouse school, Nova Pioneer Kenya School, mostly situated in the city and significant town, are having virtue classes where students log in daily as on typical school week. Parents have been paying a fee for online learning so that their children keep studying.

In other words it’s business as usual for private kids from wealthy families. Some schools do not just stop at education. They have gone the extra mile of preparing life skill lessons and having exercise sessions during breaks, commonly referred to as “PE” by most public school students.

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Learners from poverty-stricken families can’t be part of the online learning group because getting laptops and smartphones for some is impossible. Not to mention the hardship in accessing the internet and data bundles. Coming from remote areas with no internet has highly disadvantaged these students. Public school students have been left with the option of following in lessons from Tvs and Radio.

Even at that, the programme has still been ineffective. A high percentage still can’t access the media used to facilitate learning (TV and Radio). For those lucky enough to get them, the content packaging is insufficiently for the students.

Poor state and financial constrains in public schools cant allow them also to conduct online learning .The pandemic has undoubtedly exposed how the less privileged in the country are struggling to get  education.

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