Corona lessons: The majority of parents notice learning delays

A father in Berlin helps his daughter with homework.

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Beginning of the year, beginning of school – actually. Because in the Corona crisis, face-to-face teaching is suspended for most students in Germany.

Instead, learning should take place at home, the lessons are held at a distance. Times about worksheets that are picked up, filled out and returned. Sometimes via digital learning platform – which in many federal states were immediately overloaded when school started in 2021. The situation is a challenge for teachers, parents and students. One that could last a long time: Given the high number of infections in Germany, schools could remain closed for months.

Many parents in Germany are already worried about their children’s education.

Most of the parents blame Corona lessons for learning delays

In a survey carried out exclusively for by the opinion research institute Civey, almost 61 percent of all parents with school-age children said that the introduction of distance teaching during the corona pandemic would have led to their children learning backlog. Almost 30 percent said that there was no learning delay, 9 percent were undecided.

Parents see numerous shortcomings in digital care

When asked about specific difficulties in the digital care of their children by schools in the Corona crisis, parents mainly criticized the lack of digital competence in schools in general. Almost 60 percent perceived this as a problem. Almost 52 percent also complained about the technical equipment in schools for digital lessons.

Other frequently mentioned problems were difficulties in making organizational arrangements (41.5 percent) and the poor quality of the teaching tasks. Just under 8 percent of the parents surveyed stated that they had not noticed any difficulties with digital teaching.

In the spring, had Civey conduct two surveys on the quality of school teaching among parents during the corona crisis. At that time too, there was great criticism of the schools: 56 percent of those surveyed rated their children’s lessons as bad.


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