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Covid in the Kasi – Grade 12 learner anxious to return to school

There has been much controversy and apprehension around the government’s announcement that some learners would be allowed to return to school on the 1st of June, and the subsequent delay of the reopening of schools. How do Diepsloot residents feel?

The #CovidintheKasi citizen journalists have managed to get the scoop from two perspectives. They interviewed a matric learner and a School Governing Body representative of Diepsloot Primary 4.

Wendy, a grade 12 learner at Leap Maths And Science School 4, says she has been badly affected by the closure of schools under the lockdown. She finds self-study very challenging, and is anxious to return to school.

At home, she can access her study material from her phone but the lack of time pressure makes it difficult for her to stay motivated. “Online learning has been very ineffective for me. There’s no teacher to help me when I don’t understand something”, she says.

“I’m worried that the re-opening of schools might be further postponed, as empty promises were made about schools reopening this week. Our futures are at stake.”

by Tshepiso Makgato