By Shepherd Maravanyika
Parents and teachers have expressed mixed feelings at government’s distribution of 200 000 radios to rural schools to ensure learners in remote areas are not left behind in the radio lessons and digital learning programme that has been forced by the covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to Great Dyke News some parents said the move by the government is a step in the right direction since many rural learners have no digital tools to facilitate electronic learning where face to face learning was banned.
Zimbabwe National Association of School Heads president Munyaradzi Majoni said the government decision will go a long way in promoting access to electronic learning to rural schools.
However, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe ARTUZ president Obert Masaraure said a lot still needs to be done to ensure rural learners have fair access to e-learning.
The closure of schools following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic last year exposed challenges faced by rural pupils who could not access online learning.