May 15, 2020 13:47
Six out of 10 parents are reasonably happy with their kids' online classes in lockdown, but the proportion is the smallest among parents of high schoolers.
The Education Ministry said Thursday that in a straw poll of 580 parents it conducted with the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission from April 29 to May 6, some 61.2 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with online classes.
Parents of elementary schoolchildren were the happiest at 66.5 percent. But when it comes to parents of ninth-graders, only 45.1 percent were happy, and among parents of high-school seniors a mere 37.5 percent.
For many the fear of coronavirus was more important than the quality of lessons.
Of those who were satisfied, 81.1 percent cited the effectiveness in slowing the epidemic, while only 14 percent were actually happy with the content of the lessons. Some 4.7 percent said it was nice to see their kids study together with the family.
Of those who are dissatisfied, 60 percent complained that students are not properly guided or cannot follow lessons. Some 27.7 percent were unhappy with the content and 5.6 percent doubted if online teaching really does much to prevent the virus from spreading.
Others complained about the hefty burden for parents who both work or have kids in lower grades, widening gaps in academic capabilities, buggy Internet connections, and excessive screen time for their kids.
Experts say that it is urgent to improve the quality of online lessons or risk increasing demand for private tuition even more.
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