Last updated on Jan 28th, 2021 at 11:24 am

Kgomotso Christopher is adding her voice to growing concerns about what will happen to the remainder of the 2020 academic year following the deadly coronavirus outbreak

Schools were closed a few days before the end of term one and have been unable to re-open as South Africa’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise. 

The entire country is on lockdown and parents are increasingly becoming worried about whether their kids will be able to complete the school year. 

While private schools have continued their syllabus via online classes using apps such as Zoom, many government schools have been unable to continue their schoolwork as normal. 

Kgomotso, who is a mother-of-two, says that there are “no easy solutions” when it comes to figuring out what to do.

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The SABC and DStv are running daily educational lessons to help, but the actress noted that many would not have access to some of the platforms. 

“Sadly, not all families have TV and data & smart phones. Perhaps chance for radio & newspaper platforms. Like old school way…ie.

Takalani Sesame also broadcasts on radio. William Smith’s classes would also be supplements in newspapers. However, may not be ideal for all subjects,” she tweeted in response to a post about some university students receiving free data to access their study material.

Kgomotso added that she was also worried by suggestions that pupils should be pushed up a grade should they not be able to complete the 2020 school year

“My concern is about kids who don’t have resources & weren’t catered for. Apparently if they shut down schools in 2020, all kids will automatically move to next grade. That’s not great solution either. We need more sophisticated & inclusive solutions.”

The former Scandal! star doubted that term one alone would have prepared pupils enough to continue to the next grade.

“… will that term 1 be enough to prepare them for the next Grade? It’s not about marks but about their readiness to be bumped up to a new and higher grade, having missed the year of school. Some are saying they’d rather kids miss this year & repeat.”

Kgomotso also did not think it was logistically possible to keep pupils in the same grade.

“… 2020 grade 1s must make space for 2021 incoming Grade 1s. Each grade has to move forward to make space for incoming grade.”

Other stars are also concerned about what will happen to their children’s schooling

Kelly Khumalo admitted in a recent interview that homeschooling is tough.

“… we have to homeschool our kids, which has been a struggle for me and obviously kids wanting to go play outside… so we constantly have to be on our toes and remember to keep up social distancing,” the star told Afternoon Express.

Comedian Mpho Popps has also been having a hard time homeschooling his daughter.

He said that he had a newfound respect for teachers.

“I take my hat off to all the teachers out there, this isn’t easy. My school “HSP” is struggling with just one student I can only imagine what it’s like with 30/40 kids at a time.”