Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 26 November 2020

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About half of Dubai parents expect digital learning to continue, survey reveals

Majority of parents say time management is an issue

At least 48 per cent of Dubai parents expect digital learning to continue, a survey has revealed.

The study, by the emirate's Executive Council, also found that forty per cent of parents spend up to three extra hours a day helping their child with online learning.

More than half - 53 per cent - said they had enough information to support their children's development at home but time management was an issue.

The report said that 68 per cent received adequate guidance and support from school while teaching their children at home but 65 per cent felt that distance learning was not as effective as face-to-face classes.

More than 2,000 parents of pupils in the emirate's government and private schools participated in the poll that was carried out to measure the impact of distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic in collaboration with Dubai's private schools regulator, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

The survey focused on three topics: students and parents experience with e-learning, distance learning and parents productivity and the long-term impact on school models.

It also found that 70 per cent of parents of pupils with special needs said the learning content had not been modified to meet their children's needs.

“Our focus throughout the last phase was on ensuring the safe return of students and teachers to schools," said Abdullah Al Basti, secretary general of the Executive Council.

"While students began to adapt to the new reality left by the pandemic, the importance of studying the effects of this pandemic on parents and students becomes clear."

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said that the education community in Dubai was able to overcome challenges brought by Covid-19.

“The period during which distance education was fully implemented has created new opportunities for developing various learning models in private schools in Dubai,” he said.

Schools closed in March to curb the spread of Covid-19. But since August school across the country have been reopening in a phased way to ensure the health of staff and pupils.

Updated: November 13, 2020 11:01 AM

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