Covid-19 led to Portuguese schools closing their doors to try to contain the spread of the pandemic. This led to the social isolation of children and adolescents and prompted the return of tele-schooling. Find out more about distance learning in a time of Coronavirus.
The announcement that Portuguese schools would be closed was expected by the Portuguese but it still raised concerns among parents. Not knowing much about the effects of Covid-19 on children or about the teaching methods and, in many cases, still working on the regular regime, parents had numerous concerns.
Already at home, in isolation, new questions seemed to arise in parents, notably about the supplementation of their children and whether they should invest in it.
Time went by, with successive government measures put in place to contain the pandemic and resulted, finally, in some defining decisions about the future of the 2019/20 school year.
These measures have led to the re-emergence of the teleschool. Come and find out more about what is expected from this distance learning and parents’ views on it.
Telescola: a comeback in a time of pandemic
It was decided that schools would remain closed for some time, because of the need to prevent pupils from being infected with the Coronavirus. In this sense and to avoid the school year being totally lost, the government has expressed the will to return to digital classes and to promote technological literacy. (1)
This new challenge for teachers, who should have the ability to transcend face-to-face classes to inform and teach their students came from a partnership between the Ministry of Education and Google, going through the Youtube platform. (2)
A new form of teaching, through telelearning, was set to begin from 20 April 2020, and teachers will be able to make the content of their lessons available in this way.
Opinions on teleschool divide parents
While some parents think the initiative promoting distance learning classes is positive for their children’s development and learning, others have been deeply against the idea.
For many parents, to begin with, reconciling the attention they would have to give their children in this process with their own Home Office jobs is challenging, making the task almost impossible. Here, there was also the difficulty – now partially overcome in some municipalities by the delivery of tablets to children without a computer – that parents would have to share their computer with their little ones.(3)