Many Schoolkids Can't Focus on Online Lessons

  • By Kwak Soo-keun

    September 17, 2020 08:31

    Many schoolkids find it hard to focus on online lessons during the coronavirus epidemic and miss their fellow students.

    According to a survey of 20,085 students by the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education last week, 22.8 percent of high school students said they are tempted to surf web and access social media while online classes are in progress.

    Some 16.2 percent said the biggest drawback to distance learning is that they cannot participate in extracurricular activities or other hands-on experiences. Also, 11.7 percent said that they cannot socialize with their classmates and 11.6 percent complained about the large amount of homework.

    They also said the result is a growing gap between students who do well in their studies and those who do not.

    A teacher gives instruction during an online class at a high school in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Aug. 25. /Newsis

    Among middle-schoolers, the complaints were much the same, while 9.7 percent said a large number of explanatory lessons decrease the appeal of what was being taught.

    Asked about the advantages of online classes, 31.7 percent of high school students cited flexibility in terms of location and time, 22.4 percent safety from infections and 17.7 percent said that they can replay lectures in subjects they are struggling with.

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