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Parents, educators raise concerns over return to classroom learning

However, others stress the need to returning back to classroom learning as soon as possible as “students’ behaviors have changed during their long stay at their homes,” at a time when “distance learni
However, others stress the need to returning back to classroom learning as soon as possible as “students’ behaviors have changed during their long stay at their homes,” at a time when “distance learning can never be an alternative to classroom learning.” (Photo: Unsplash)
AMMAN — After the government has recently announced the return of classroom learning in the beginning of September, experts, parents, and even students raise concerns regarding chances of an increase in Covid cases in the foreseeable future among students and the teaching stuff at the schools. اضافة اعلان

However, others stress the need to returning back to classroom learning as soon as possible as “students’ behaviors have changed during their long stay at their homes,” at a time when “distance learning can never be an alternative to classroom learning.”

Samar Hussien, a mother, told Jordan News that "previously, the government announced several times the return to classroom learning; we have paid the school's fees and ended up again with distance learning."

Hussien added that "I wanted to move my children to a public school, and save some money. In any case, my children would have got distance learning so private or public school would not have mattered."

"I support returning back to classroom learning, but not at these times, where COVID-19 cases have started to rise again. I want to guarantee that my children are safe; after all, my children’s health is my priority," she said.

From his side, Khaled Taqatqa, an educational expert at the Ministry of Education, who supports the decision of returning back to regular learning said to Jordan News that "classroom education is much better than distance learning; students receive education and knowledge more efficiently when in the classroom; they work hard and interact with their classmates and teachers; they would feel more committed and so they would perform better."

"Distance learning is better than no learning at all. It is used to fill the growing educational requirements imposed by the pandemic," Taqatqa said, adding that on the other hand, “when it is the time to go back to classrooms, we must, as nothing would ever be good enough  to replace classroom learning in terms of efficiency."

Duaa Mohammad, a teacher, told Jordan News that "students in general express to me their fear and concerns towards returning back to in-person teaching."

She, however, believes that outstanding students would always accept any type of learning experience regardless of the method used.

"Preserving human health is a priority. On the other hand, I assume that the government will take the right decision at the right time, when they announce that students will return to classroom learning then they are certain that the health situation in Jordan is assuring enough to allow the shift."

An official source at the Ministry of Health who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to Jordan News that “returning back to classroom learning and ending the lockdowns are decisions that hinge on the  Epidemiological situation at the country,” noting that this “situation is safe so far.”

“Strict and high safety measures are to be taken to ensure everyone is safe. Health is a priority for the government and citizens too, but, on other hand, we must realize that sooner or later, we shall return back to our normal lives and all bans and lockdowns will be history.”

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