Day one of the 28 day home detention has been a challenge for us retired folks, but will it be like for parents of energetic school age children, particularly those without fast broadband and or devices that can be used for educational purposes?
One obvious answer is for the Government to cut a deal with TVNZ to use some of its four channels for pre-school and primary teaching. The Government (i.e. taxpayers) will be paying its teachers for the entire period of the lockdown so why not get them to teach children at all the different levels?
As day time TV is not very profitable it should be easy to reach an agreement with TVNZ, with the main challenge teachers being able to adapt to this medium at high speed. For its part TVNZ should also consider using these unique times to run educational type programmes at times not required for formal education.