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Distance learning pushed half of the parents to their limit

According to the survey, almost every second pupil and every second pupil found independent learning to be very difficult, and the lack of social contacts was a major challenge for eight out of ten. Although children and young people still spent less time on school and learning in January than before the start of the pandemic (six instead of eight hours), there was an increase compared to the first lockdown. Study author Christoph Helm, who heads the department for educational research at the University of Linz, attributes this to significantly more invested learning time at home and to the care options at schools.

Nevertheless, six out of ten parents believe that their child learned significantly less during the school closings in January than in normal lessons before the pandemic. Almost a third of parents rated the quality of distance learning as low in January and a quarter as high.

About half of the mothers and fathers felt that the learning support of the children or the lack of time for it was a great burden. School closings were rejected by half of the parents in the survey as a measure in the fight against the pandemic. There is encouragement, however, for support measures: half would take additional support lessons and support hours in school subjects, and one in three parents would take care of learning during the holidays. A shortening of the summer vacation, however, would not find a majority among parents at the moment: only four out of ten parents are in favor.

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