Parents frustrated by lack of clear ‘learn at home’ education plan in Bahrain

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Classes for public schools were uploaded to an electronic portal, as students began distance learning amid a suspension of classes due to the spread of Covid-19.

Classes in all public and private schools, as well as universities, institutions and kindergartens, were suspended for two weeks, from February 25, as part of national precautionary measures to combat the coronavirus.

The Department of Education has posted “Exceptional Leave Courses” on its website, with instructions for parents to follow between February 25 and March 10 for all levels of instruction in subjects such as Arabic, English, science, citizenship, social studies and mathematics.

However, Bahraini parents have expressed frustration at the lack of a clear educational plan for the specified period, with some struggling to teach their children at home.

Some of them told GDN that it was difficult to access the ministry’s ‘education portal’ due to the high pressure on the system, while others called for a unified virtual learning plan. .

“At first we were told that thanks to the educational portal we will have access to educational activities and follow-up, but I have the impression that it is not prepared for distance learning and because of from the immense pressure he is now stuck, ”a mother-of-four said on condition of anonymity.

“We felt that through the portal the children would get enrichment activities and not new lessons – but that’s not what happens.

“Teachers are messaging all hours of the day during the week to schedule lessons on Instagram Live and it creates a chaotic situation for the students, and we don’t know if the teachers will repeat those lessons or if they will be dependent on us. to teach our children.

Another parent with children in elementary school said she was also asked to videotape their studying children and submit it for evaluation, which she said was unacceptable.

“How can we teach our children a whole curriculum with new lessons, then do the homework and then test it,” the Bahraini woman said.

“I don’t mind teaching and reviewing lessons that were previously taught in class, but teaching my children new lessons is unacceptable and impractical.

“When children return to school, the ministry should reduce the hours spent on physical education and music to complete basic subjects in order to make up for lost time.”

Earlier this week, the ministry said it was preparing contingency plans to compensate students, while Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi said classes would be shortened or merged to match the school days remaining.

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