Covid-19: Parents expect distance learning to take “as short as possible” Coronavirus

Caregivers who are concerned and expect their children to return to distance learning hope that this regime will keep this regime as short as possible and allow students to return to school quickly.

Almost a year ago, families with children and young people and those of school age were surprised by the introduction of distance learning to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Now they are preparing to return to the same regime but waiting less time.

“Families want this to be as short as possible. It would be very good if, at the end of these 15 days of distance learning, it would be possible to facilitate the delivery so that, for example, the youngest can return to class, ”said Jorge Ascenção, President of the National Parents Association. Associations (Confap) said Lusa.

Last year, the type of training that Jorge Ascenção identified as a “necessary evil” was in place for more than three months and affected the learning that had to be consolidated during the first academic period.

Despite hoping that students will have less time to return to school this time around, Confap’s president admits that the most realistic is to expect the kids to stay home for a month, but there will be consequences.

“This is our second academic year in a row with this problem. I would say that in many cases it will be almost a second academic year. For some people this will have an impact that is difficult to calculate, ”he complained, emphasizing that these negative impacts go beyond learning.

“It would be unwise to reduce the problem of the impact of school closings on a matter of learning today or 15 days from now. School is much more than that and people feel scared and disgusted with their children, ”he added.

A few days before returning to online classes, families await the second wave of distance learning “with a mixture of anticipation and a little fear,” says Jorge Ascenção, although everyone is better prepared.

Despite acknowledging the problems related to this regime, which have already arisen over the past year with deepening inequalities among students, the President of Confap believes that the combined efforts and experience gained will enable many difficulties to be overcome minimize.

“We all learn from experience, from what didn’t go well, we recorded what went best, so we have to repeat what went well and improve what didn’t. I think everyone will be better prepared, ”he said, referring not just to schools and families, but to civil society as a whole.

And he added, “What is required is the commitment of everyone to ensure that everything possible is done and that an attempt is made to minimize the negative impact of distance learning on children and young people.”

The president of another representative parents’ association, the National Confederation of Independent Parents and Guardians (CNIPE), is not as optimistic and has expressed particular concern for students in situations of greater fragility.

“The municipalities are very committed to meeting the needs, but CNIPE is very concerned that some students will still be forgotten,” he told Lusa.

On the other hand, Rui Martins believes that some teachers are still insufficiently trained to ensure quality online education and criticized the lack of uniformity in the tools to be used.

“There are a variety of solutions and every school will try to do its best,” he said, adding that this will be a time of great confusion for families too, especially families with more than one school-age child .

Schools closed their doors about two weeks ago, and children and teenagers, from daycare to higher education, stayed at home for a class break that ended on Friday.

On Monday, around 1.2 million students aged 1 to 12 are returning for distance learning, similar to the previous academic year.