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37% of Portuguese families forced to reinvest in school equipment

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The failure to fulfill the promises of the António Costa Government in March 2020 regarding the telescope forced more than 37% of Portuguese families to invest an average of €103 per child in equipment and support for teaching in this second general confinement, reveals a survey by Fixando on the “Impact of the Digital School on the Dynamics of Families”, carried out between February 12th and 17th of this year, with 8,700 families.

It is recalled that, fixando stresses, in the first confinement, 76% of the families had already invested an average value of €348 per child, with the main expenses falling on food, electricity, water, gas, internet, consumables and explanations or some support for the study.

Respondents also report that the teaching method has had very negative repercussions on family dynamics, with 54% stating that it is being harmful to working life and 40% stating that distance learning affects students’ learning.

To reduce this huge impact on the lives of children and young people, 66% of families consider seeking some support, highlighting individual support for the study (31%), psychological support (27%), financial support from the state (24%), bank financial support (15%), explanations to some subjects (14%) and explanations to all subjects (12%).

“We also see in Fixando that, in the first month of the year, demand for the tutoring service grew by 60% when compared to the same period in 2020, revealing here the intention of families to ensure their children’s learning and ensure that digital education does not translate into irreparable damage to students’ performance,” emphasizes Alice Nunes, director of Business Development at the largest national platform for hiring professional services.

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