Only 10% of families had the resources to support distance learning

Zoom / Skype (64%) were a bigger feature than the TV-school (49%)

Distance learning has already cost, on average, € 304 per student and 36.4% plan to spend more than € 250 on exam explanations

The results of a FIXANDO survey of 700 families with children studying reveal that only 10% did not need to buy equipment to support the needs imposed by distance learning.

According to the largest online platform for contracting local services, 69% of respondents had to purchase a laptop, 22% a tablet or iPad, 21% a smartphone, 21% a headset, 20% a desktop computer and only 10% did not have purchasing equipment.

It can be seen, therefore, that the Portuguese were little prepared for the ‘shock’ of confinement, and were forced, on average, to invest € 304 euros per student with the transition from the classroom to distance learning.

Complaints and more costs as a solution
Regarding school performance, 56.9% of families say that income is very affected by confinement, 37.1% consider that the assessments do not reflect the real capacity of the students and 25.8% argue that the assessments are unfair.

As a result, says Fixando, 35.4% of the surveyed families resorted to explanations for this school year as a tool for exam preparation. This is because:

– Distance learning is insufficient to achieve good results (49%)
– It is difficult to keep concentration at home and income low (35%)
– Individual support for exams is required (35%)
– The requirement remains and it is difficult to meet (27%)

Respondents (36.7%) say they will spend more than € 250 on tutoring and, on average, each student will spend an average of € 161.62 on tutoring this year.

Parents about exams:
I think that because so many things were postponed, the exams would be postponed and the average of the students calculated according to the year’s performance.

Students are not prepared to take traditional national exams. The exams have to be adapted to current teaching conditions (teaching methods used during confinement caused by Covid-19). Otherwise, the vast majority of students will not be able to live up to expectations regarding the final grades, which will cause the grades to drop at the national level and possibly dramatically increase the number of failures in the national exams.

They will be carried out as in other years, probably with the same difficulty without students being properly prepared. For example, an exam in Mathematics is different from one in History or even Portuguese … in the latter, the subject is there to study, there is little doubt about the content of the subject, as for Mathematics, without constant face-to-face attendance, the degree of difficulty becomes even greater. I sincerely hope that all students with exams this year will be able to achieve their goals.

“With continuous assessment, national exams, often subjects that will not be used in the course of training, do not make sense. Teachers and continuing education for an entire school year is called into question by a test day at a time of 2 / 3 am.”

“The changes introduced will reduce the difference in ratings between an excellent student and an average student, which will create situations of injustice. But in the face of the current pandemic context, it is possible.

Most used platforms to replace face-to-face education
With regard to the most used platforms, Zoom and Skype were used by 64% of respondents, followed by Telescola (49%), while 41% used online media to carry out work and exercises.

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