Africa as a continent already has struggles when it comes to adapting to the forth industrial revolution and Covid-19 has made this struggle worse.
Being a student in Africa at the moment has seen to be very tough, whether one is in primary school, secondary school or tertiary.
Firstly adapting to using computers, tablets, or smartphones for some people who are in rural areas is difficult enough, and then adding on the costs of data.
Some tertiary institutions in Africa have given student’s laptops and data packages for them to continue with their studies from home. This has happened in Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda as well as a few other countries.
People in urban areas are also struggling. They might have a smartphone or laptop, the data prices are high now.
Classes have gone to Zoom calls and watching pre-recorded videos. This may be hard for young students who need to be supervised regularly in order to do their work.
Covid-19, in terms of learning has become a big strain on parents. They are firstly unable to go back to work, some of them are even being retrenched, but still have the responsibility to pay school fees, and buy data for online learning.
Secondly they have become their children’s teachers in all aspects, especially parents with young children.
Overall it has been a strain on students all across Africa, whether it be about money or concentration levels within the virtual learning aspect.