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Pandemic disrupts learning process

Publish Date: 02-Jun-2020

On 19 May, St James’ Settlement released the findings of a survey on the impacts of school suspension because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings showed that 82 per cent of students responding to the survey said that the pandemic affected their study, and 76 per cent said that they felt stressed during school suspension because they could not revise effectively and their learning process was slowed down.

A youth platform named “I am…”, developed by Hang Seng Bank and St James’ Settlement, conducted the survey in March and April among 922 secondary and tertiary level students.

In addition to pressures, the responding students also expressed that they encountered difficulties in online learning at home. Such difficulties included lapsed self-discipline compared with learning in the classroom, non-conducive learning environment at home and some teachers’ clumsiness in online teaching.

Announcing the findings of the survey, Prof. Eric Chui from the department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at City University said that the students believed that the ability to adapt, digital application skills, and problem-solving skills would improve their performance in online learning. Furthermore, they also believed that communication skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills would help them in future employment and life development.

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