The outbreak of the novel corona virus has had a significant impact on the K-12 education sector, implications of which are expected to last beyond the current academic year. The momentary closure of schools and a shift towards distant / online learning has, simultaneously, resulted in a reduction in schools’ income as a number of schools are forced to offer fee reductions and resulted in new investments in information technology infrastructure.
Although there is no uniformity in approach several schools are looking to offer fee discounts, flexible payment plans and other necessary measures to retain pupils in the upcoming academic year.
The actual impact of COVID-19 will be seen once schools commence operations at the start of the new academic year in September 2020 and will also determine how the schools will operate, i.e.; reversion to traditional schooling, a hybrid model (traditional and distant/online learning), or total distant/online learning to continue in September 2020.