Over 60% of students now spend more time on their studies than before Covid-19 crisis - study

  • 2020-04-16
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - More than 60 percent of students now spend more time on their studies than they did before the Covid-19 crisis, according to a survey carried out by Edurio company.

The survey has found that teachers now also spend more time on school-related activities, as Guntars Catlaks, head of the National Center for Education, told reporters on Thursday.

According to Catlaks, this is due to a large number of assignments and insufficient cooperation among teachers. "Teachers must not work individually in such a situation, they must cooperate," he emphasized.

Catlaks suggested that teachers should focus on the main, most important subjects, as well as critically appraise the scope of the assignments.

At the same time, Catlaks called on teachers to provide feedback because students lack it, as well as to use video and online lessons to better explain the material taught.

The survey has also found that parents' workload has increased significantly. 70 percent of first-graders' parents spend at least three hours or more each day helping their children with their studies. There are parents who help children for five, six and more hours a day, said Catlaks.

However, the survey has also revealed that many schools are doing well, where both students and teachers are satisfied with the remote learning process. All the data from the survey, including on specific schools, have been presented to local governments so they could see which schools are faring better and could possibly share their experience with other schools.

There are students, teachers and parents who like the remote learning process, likewise, there are a number of students, teachers and parents who do not like it, said Education and Science Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party).

"The remote learning process is not easy because it involves a lot of challenges and changes to the usual routines. However, it is an opportunity to grow and an opportunity to urge teachers and lecturers to use digital platforms," said the minister. The main purpose of education is not only to provide knowledge, but also to teach students not to be confused by the wide range of information and to select information they need.

Students' workload should decrease and they should receive more interdisciplinary assignments, creative projects, as well as get feedback from teachers, said Suplinska.

A total of 27,078 parents, 23,316 students, 9,657 teachers and 790 school principals participated in the survey.

The aim of the survey was to find out the opinion of students, teachers, school principals and parents about the remote learning process in schools, as well as to identify areas where the Education and Science Ministry, municipalities and schools could improve the remote learning process.