Parents struggle with work and homeschooling
Most South African employed parents are finding it hard to balance work with educating their children at home.
While other children from numerous grades were sent back to school during the covid-19 pandemic, others were forced to stay at home and be home-schooled by their parents.
An interview with a number of parents, revealed that the majority is battling with this regulation tremendously.
Simphiwe Shazi, a father to a son in grade 1, said it is difficult for him as he’s always tired from work.
“Coming home already tired from work and having to take a role of being an educator is a job on its own- it needs time and patience. My son sometimes forgets he’s a scholar, I literally have to beg him to at least make an attempt in his school work,” he said.
“A relationship between a parent and a child is different to the one between a child and a teacher. Sometimes my son doesn’t take me seriously, argues with me, or gets moody and not participate at all- I know for a fact he doesn’t do this to his teacher,” he added.
Ntokozo Ngcobo, a teacher at Khayelihle High School, advised parents to apply different ways of engaging their children in school work.
“Parents can download various learning apps that children would find easy enough to use independently. They may also seek an online course on how to home-school their children on different learning platforms,” she said.
She also added that asking for help and tips from school teachers would be beneficial.
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