School teachers are becoming increasingly worried about both their pupils and educational standards, now that schools are set to remain closed until at least February 7, according to a string of new reports and surveys.
One in three primary school teachers in a survey by DUO said it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep all children involved in online education and three in five are worried about how pupils are going to make up for the lessons they have lost.
In addition, teachers say they have noticed their pupils are suffering from mental problems, physical complaints and stagnation in their social and emotional development, thanks to the isolation from their peers. ‘It is a question of time before the tension and the stress spills over into time off work,’ a spokesman told the AD
Research published in the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday shows that around 25% of secondary school pupils are also struggling with home schooling, particularly in finding space or a quiet place to study. The figure comes from a survey of almost 22,000 teenagers at 114 different schools.
Parents too are struggling to cope with combining work with home schooling.
Observations from this week – one day on one day off (work/homeschool+afterschool) is far more effective than part-splitting each day. 2.5 days per week may be achievable this way.
Workload remains at 5+ days per week though so🤷♀️
— Prof Anna Watts (@drannawatts) January 15, 2021
Employers organisation AWVN said on Monday that now schools are to be shut for longer, some form of leave for parents needs to be developed. ‘There are all sorts of options but something has to be worked out,’ a spokesman said.
Meanwhile, education unions are urging the public health institute RIVM to keep a record of how many teachers and support staff end up in hospital with coronavirus. This information will be crucial in deciding if and when schools can reopen, trade union CNV Onderwijs told RTL Nieuws.
‘There is a lot of emotion in this debate… but if more facts were published, that would counteract the emotion,’ a spokesman said. ‘More facts would enable better targeting.’
Since the beginning of September, over 23,000 teachers and daycare workers have tested positive for coronavirus. New weekly figures will be published later on Tuesday.
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