75% students want to return to classes quickly, survey finds
Seventy-five per cent of students want to return to class quickly, reveals a survey conducted by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE).
The survey, titled ‘Education Watch 2021’ also finds that about 69.5 per cent of the students did not participate in the distance learning activities conducted through television, radio and online.
During the survey, data were collected through mobile phones from 2,992 people. Of them, opinions from 1,709 primary and secondary level students, 578 teachers, 576 guardians and officials of Upazila Secondary Education were taken.
Education Watch member Mostafizur Rahman read out the research paper during a virtual meeting of CAMPE. Mostafizur in his speech said, "Among the students who did not participate in distance learning activities, 57.9 per cent students were deprived of education due to lack of necessary devices. 16.5 per cent of the students did not participate in the class as the online class was not interesting to them."
Seventy-five per cent of the students who took part in the survey said they wanted to return to classrooms quickly while 76 per cent of guardians favoured opening of the schools as early as possible.
About conducting school activities, 62 per cent teachers think that the curriculum needed to be shortened to recoup the losses of students’ education. On the other hand, 45 per cent students opined that the subjects which were not taught should be taught earlier.
CAMPE Executive Director Rasheda K Chowdhury and BRAC University Professor Emeritus Manzoor Ahmed addressed at the programme.
Emphasizing on reopening of educational institutions, CAMPE opined that the government needs to come up with a specific plan to reopen the schools step by step in compliance with health protection regulations.
Education activities can be started from X to XII class at the beginning and then for class IV to V, it added.