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Opinion: The New ‘normal’ In Education: A Blessing or Curse?


By Chantelle Muzanenhamo


The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it changes in how society interacts especially in the education sector.

Schools were forced to close to curb the spread of the virus, resulting in learning being shifted from face to face to virtual learning.


The shift was a blessing and a curse at the same time to locals as not everyone is privileged enough to adapt to the new methods of learning.

In some communities there are orphans, the poor, disabled and some are in marginalized communities yet they all have a right to education.


Challenges include lack of electronic gadgets such as laptops, phones, and access to internet resulting in those learners not being active when classes are being carried online.

Just like their students, teachers have their fair share of challenges as they must ensure the quality of learning remains the same.


This means from the planning of lessons, plans on how to conduct classes and distributing of assignments has to be done efficiently.

This requires the teachers to be capacitated.


As the nation embraces the new normal in education it remains to be seen whether it will be sustainable.


Robert Tapfumaneyi