Online school is difficult

Study: Every third student has problems with online lessons

The Corona crisis and online home schooling are giving students a hard time in Denmark. This is the result of a new study by the child protection organization “Red Barnet Ungdom”.

According to this, one in three of the 463 students surveyed from grades 0 to 10 answered that it was difficult for them to follow the online lessons. That corresponds to around 7 students in an average class with 21 children. This is a significant increase compared to the first lockdown in the spring of last year. At that time, one in five students found it difficult to concentrate adequately while teaching online.

In addition, one in three students said they had the experience that their teacher did not have time when they needed help. Half of the respondents had problems meeting other children virtually to do homework together.

Massive impact

“We have to be aware that this situation dragged on from a short-lived state of emergency for a whole year in which school education was massively impaired. I fear that this will have an impact on many for a long time to come, ”said the General Secretary of“ Red Barnet Ungdom ”, Astrid Engberg, on the medium of“ Skolemonitor ”.

According to Engberg, the study suggests that school closure has severely affected the self-esteem and self-esteem of many students.

"After a year with some of the supportive things gone, many will likely return to school with school fatigue, poor self-esteem and an inability to accept learning," said the general secretary.

Advising politicians

This problem could persist beyond the end of the lockdown, she warns.

In the coming days, the parliamentary politicians are negotiating what the next phase of the reopening should look like. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (Social Democrats) indicated in parliamentary question time on Tuesday that the next focus should be on children and young people.

Things are going well in German schools

In the schools of the German minority, the boys and girls get along well with online lessons, according to school board member Anke Tästensen. "In the meantime, only grades 5 to 10 have online lessons and, in my experience, that's going well," says Tästensen.

There is close contact with the students and there are diverse tasks. She receives regular feedback from teachers and students.

“Of course, that doesn't replace face-to-face teaching, that's clear. The social contacts are simply missing, ”says the school councilor. German schools have one advantage - small classes. In this way, online lessons can be mastered well.