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“Homeschooling worked in Geneva”

With the start of the new school year approaching, scheduled for August 24, Geneva’s Ministry of Public Education (DIP) will produce a generally positive assessment of distance learning, which was introduced as a matter of urgency last spring. Provisional assessment, certain difficulties, such as early school leaving, can only be observed in the long term. “What I remember from this brutal and difficult experience was that everyone was playing this game, the teachers and the students and their parents,” said State Counselor Anne Emery-Torracint.

For self-criticism, the DIP relies on a survey carried out by the Service for Research in Education (SRED) and HEG Zug between April 17 and May 1, which made it possible to collect 16,000 responses from principals, teachers, parents and students. However, the results should be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, on April 20, the DIP announced that the quarter would not be counted, which may have influenced some reactions. The questionnaire, which was answered by 45.7% of teachers in June, also makes it possible to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the online school.

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A “rather calm” relationship

Fear for the rest of the school career, difficulties with organization, the need for control without suffocation: the closing of schools on March 13 challenged parents and students. However, according to the SRED survey, the relationship between the school and families during childbirth was “rather calm”. About 61% of parents believe that teachers care about their child’s well-being. Only 10 to 15% of them believe that the division of duties with the school did not work well.

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Did limited students really study? The answer is very variable. About 20% of students in the orientation cycle interviewed said they worked thirteen to sixteen hours a week, only 12% more than twenty hours. Among the teachers, 45% believe that the students were actively involved in their assignments. More than 55% of teachers say they spend “significantly more time” than before preparing their lessons.

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Experimental laboratory

On the digital front, going online has provided teachers with “continuous on-the-job training”. “Students’ online accounts were activated in just ten days, and teachers started using tools they didn’t necessarily have before,” says Anne Emery-Torracinta. According to the SRED study, 66% of them now say that they want to continue using them, especially when managing homework and creating digital content. “In the future, however, it will be necessary to expand the equipment and facilities,” emphasizes the municipality, recalling that last December the parliament rejected the school’s loan of 22 million francs for digital technologies. During the incarceration, the DIP also realized that around 1,000 students had no electronic media to work on.

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In terms of results, 147 8P students were granted an exemption to proceed to the orientation cycle. At this level, the failure rate is higher: 17.75% compared to 13.5% last year. On the other hand, in secondary II, the success rate is higher, especially in the school of general culture. Will DIP unlock additional resources to support struggling students? “In the case of large and proven needs, I could apply for an additional loan,” says Anne Emery-Torracinta. At this stage, there are still reserves due to activities and unrealized exchanges.

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