Official report: 50% of students do not take distance learning lessons

Official report: 50% of students do not take distance learning lessons

Youg Moroccan student in a public school in the rural area. Image from archive.
Youg Moroccan students in a public school in the rural area. Image from archive.

Rabat, Morocco- The High Commission for Planning published a study conducted between 14-23 April on Moroccan families in order to track their lifestyle adaptation under the quarantine.

The research targeted a representative sample of 2350 families belonging to the various social and economic classes of the Moroccan population, according to their residency (urban and rural).

The research revealed that at the national level, 36% of families have children pursuing their studies in primary school, 20% in middle school, 12% in high school, and 8% in higher education. All of them were forced to adapt to the requirements of distance education.

The HCP said school children do not benefit from distance learning, in 20% of the cases.

For 48%, primary school students regularly followed the lessons remotely using the various digital platforms that have been created, 51% for middle school, 69% in high school, and 56% in higher education. 

The research stated that taking distance learning lessons is more prevalent among children attending primary and secondary education in the private sector, with rates of 81% and 84% compared to 42% and 48% in the public sector, respectively.

It also indicated that for 18% of families, school children do not follow the lessons at all, 29% in rural areas, and 13% in cities.

The lack of the necessary equipment is considered as the main reason for not following distance learning or not taking it on a regular basis for more than 51% of the Moroccan families who have kids in primary school, and 48% in middle school. 

41% of families with children attending secondary school and 29% in higher education stated that the main difficulty in pursuing lessons lies in the lack of access tools.

Lack of interest is also one of the reasons raised by 13% of families with children at primary school, 11% in middle school, and 16% in high school.

The study stressed that social media are the most used channels to follow lessons remotely: 40% for primary school, 44% in middle school, and 46% in high school, and they are more used in private education, with numbers standing at 65%, 61%, and 48% respectively.

The national TV channels come second with 39% for the elementary level, 29% for the secondary school, and in rural areas in particular with 63% and 44%, respectively.

The Moroccan Times.