E-learn­ing puts par­ents in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12: Par­ents have been en­dur­ing psy­cho­log­i­cally and fi­nan­cially amid the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s “Dis­tance Learn­ing” project as they can­not find time to help their chil­dren in the ele­men­tary stage to fol­low lessons on­line due to their work­ing hours, in ad­di­tion to the in­crease in prices of lap­tops, which reaches KD400 per de­vice, won­der­ing the cost par­ents of five or six chil­dren would bear in this re­gard, re­ports Al-Shahid daily.

Ed­u­ca­tional ob­servers said Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has put par­ents in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion on their com­mit­ment to dis­tance learn­ing, in terms of time and funds, es­pe­cially if the sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues with­out so­lu­tion as the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion did not re­sort to al­ter­na­tives or re­al­is­tic so­lu­tions and only force the schools and institutes to im­ple­ment e-learn­ing.

Ob­servers stressed that Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s fail­ure to e-learn­ing is not mo­men­tary, as it has pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences that cost the state bud­get mil­lions with­out any ben­e­fit, most no­tably the flash mem­ory and tablet project. These elec­tronic projects quickly col­lapse with­out any achieve­ment or goals.

The only goal these projects achieved was to pump money into the sup­plier (com­pa­nies) amount­ing to more than KD10 mil­lion that went with the wind.

Then comes the dis­tance learn­ing project, which has not achieved any ben­e­fit so far, but the only ben­e­fit it achieved is an in­sane in­crease in the prices of lap­tops and iPads.

A num­ber of par­ents con­firmed that Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s de­ci­sion to ap­ply dis­tance learn­ing has led to an un­prece­dented in­crease in the prices of lap­tops and com­put­ers, and neg­a­tively af­fect­ing the fi­nan­cial in­come of the fam­ily- es­pe­cially as ev­ery par­ent has at least two stu­dents in school stages.

It is un­rea­son­able to buy elec­tronic de­vices at such ex­or­bi­tant prices, which will be used for a short pe­riod un­til learn­ing re­turns to its nor­mal state.

They noted the prices of elec­tronic de­vices jumped from KD 100 to 400 or more due to the in­crease in de­mand for them in stores, point­ing out that not all par­ents can af­ford, hence, it is more ap­pro­pri­ate that the min­istry finds a quick so­lu­tion to the dilemma, which is sim­i­lar to that of other coun­tries where schools have re­sumed and strictly ad­her­ing to the health re­quire­ments.

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