The upsurge in the spread of the coronavirus has affected many people, especially in developing countries. However, less attention has been given to how the current pandemic is differentially affecting students from low-income families in Ghana. Although schools have closed and are now utilizing remote learning to teach students, some students are more likely to be disadvantaged. Thus, instead of education and Covid-19 being a great equalizer, remote learning is exacerbating these differences. In a developing country such as Ghana, where online instructional tools are not part of the educational system, educators, teachers, and students may find it very difficult to adopt this type of learning style. Moreover, the pandemic has caused some parents to lose their jobs and livelihood, whereas others are working from home. This research intends to examine how parents are balancing their paid work with supervising the academic work of their children. We will explore the challenges and experiences of students, teachers, and parents during this remote-learning era.
Lecturer, University of Ghana, Legon
Alexander Nii Adjei Sowah
Research Associate, University of Ghana
Senior Project Manager, Abt Associates International