Online learning faces difficulties amid Covid-19

15/09/2021 14:40
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KPL (KPL) Online teaching and learning has posted some problems for both teachers and students as well as parents including budget constraints and lack of access to ICTs, and online learning facilities as well as reliable Internet connection.

(KPL) Online teaching and learning has posted some problems for both teachers and students as well as parents including budget constraints and lack of access to ICTs, and online learning facilities as well as reliable Internet connection.

Currently, the Vientiane Education and Sports Office  is collecting the data of schools offering online teaching and learning through communication apps (Zoom) and those providing onsite teaching and learning.

Around 60-70 % of schools in the capital city have been surveyed, according to Mr Somphone Sonedara, Deputy Director of Vientiane Education and Sports Department.

“Some teachers don’t even realize that some of their students are struggling with poor internet connection. Online learning is new, and it is difficult for students, teachers and parents to adapt to it in a short period of time and this is more problematic for primary school students,” said Mr Somphone Sonedara.

“Online teaching cannot deliver as good schooling results as onsite teaching technique and this is partly attributed to the fact that some public and private schools and even parents are not ready for online teaching and learning,” said Mr. Somphone Sondara.

Ms. Bounma Phothilath, Director of the Chansavang Secondary School, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane told the Lao News Agency that her school is yet to start online teaching and learning either or onsite for any levels due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the community.

“Although the government, the Ministry of Education and Sports, in particular, have urged competent schools to open online teaching and learning, it would be very difficult for Chansavang School to organize online teaching and learning. Teachers would be ready, but parents and students won’t, because most of the students are from low income families and do not have access to smart phones,” said Ms. Bounma Phothilath.

“Our teachers have held a meeting to discuss how we can open online teaching and learning for grade nine and grade 12 first because they are in final years of educational levels and they need to study and sit in leaving exam,” she added.


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