Almost a quarter (24 percent) of parents abandoned full-time education for their children in the new academic year. 16 percent of Russians chose hybrid education, four percent completely switched to the online format, and three percent preferred homeschooling. report Izvestia citing research by Skysmart, Invitro and Tiburon Research.
The Russians began to refuse to take their children to school due to the pandemic: most of the parents surveyed are afraid that the child will become infected with the coronavirus in an educational institution. Since April 2020, 73 percent of parents have changed their children’s learning format: half of them have switched to hybrid education, 39 percent to online classes, and 5 percent to full-time homeschooling.
“From an epidemiological point of view, during the ongoing pandemic, online education also has ‘medical’ benefits. We understand perfectly well that it is impossible or extremely difficult to comply with the lion’s share of really working anti-epidemic measures (masks, distancing, frequent hand cleaning, etc.) at school, “said Andrey Pozdnyakov, infectious disease doctor, chief physician of Invitro-Siberia.
According to the director of Skysmart Mikhail Mitin, modern children are immersed in a digital environment, so it has become a reality for them. “Online makes quality education available, regardless of the location of the student,” the expert emphasized. However, high school students taking the exam will have a hard time, since they more often than other students switched to hybrid education, says Anna Lysukho, project manager of Tiburon Research.
The survey involved a thousand parents of schoolchildren from Russian cities with a population of more than 100 thousand people aged 24 to 60 years. 54 percent of respondents have children of primary school age, 44 percent – middle school, 17 percent – high school students.