Minister Czarnek is not a fairy. And the directors? 320 thousand children on a remote
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Poznań has classes in distance education in over half of the schools. Warsaw could already build a kindergarten at the cost of replacing it. – The worst thing is the uncertainty. It is not known what will be at school tomorrow and whether there will be school at all – say those who fearfully open e-journals every day. As of Friday, over 320,000 children were involved in distance learning.
– I am not a fortune teller and I am not able to predict what will happen in a month, two or three – said Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek on Thursday, November 18 in Polish Radio. He emphasized that he never promised that remote learning would not return this school year. – At the moment, we do not envisage a system transition to remote mode in all schools – he reserved.
As he spoke, he already knew that 4,780 outlets had remote classes (including 220 altogether). Only from Wednesday to Thursday the number of schools and kindergartens in which at least some students do not study full-time increased by over 900.
On Friday, November 19, these numbers were even greater. There were 61 kindergartens, 96 elementary schools and 82 secondary schools on the remote one. In the mixed mode: 651 kindergartens, 2 694 primary schools, 1,336 secondary schools. Total 4,920 outlets.
Minister Czarnek likes to play with numbers. He lists percentages or absolute numbers alternating them – usually so that they sound less threatening. On Thursday, he said: – Currently, distance learning concerns about 5 percent of students, 95 percent learn in a full-time mode, without any obstacles.
He did not mention other percentages, e.g. about the fact that almost every fifth elementary school (19.1%) and more than every six secondary school (17.7%) had to organize, at least in part, remote lessons.
And the not-so-scary-sounding 5 percent are thousands of children. We asked MEiN for exact calculations. On Friday afternoon, the ministry informed us that on November 19, 323,042 children and students (5.39%) had remote classes nationwide – including 56,733 in schools with remote work and 266,309 in schools with hybrid learning. “In previous days it was at a similar level” – told us the spokeswoman for MEiN Anna Ostrowska.
– Parents do not understand how schools function in a pandemic. Recently, I received an e-mail from an outraged mother that she “cannot plan anything” because there are constant substitutions or information about remote lessons, and she has three children with us – says the headmistress of one of the capital’s primary schools. And then she adds: “Does she really think I can plan anything?” Rules apply to me too.
How do these rules work in practice?
Who decides about it?
The most important rule: it is not the school head who decides about distance learning and it is not he who quarantines students and teachers. Both depend on the local sanitary station. The principal of a kindergarten or school may apply for remote classes, but in the end the decision is made by the sanitary services.
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