Children of foreign origin sensitive to school changes

18.11.2020 - 12:06
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There is a risk that children of foreign origin will fare worst as a result of the changes the education system has been forced to make this year due to the pandemic, according to Ragnar Þór Pétursson, the chairman of the Icelandic teachers’ association.

"The disasters that the COVID pandemic has wreaked on the country’s economy have meant that the parents of these children are now those who are most often unemployed. That means serious societal damage if we tolerate it and do not take action,” Ragnar Þór said on RÚV’s Silfrið programme this weekend. 

He worries about the effects a lack of communication could have on students during the pandemic—both with one another and with their teachers. 

“What has happened is that we have maintained robust school operations in 2020. There is no other country that comes close to doing as well as we have. But the dimension that allows normal communication to take place has been missing. And without that, everything else is a bit hollow.” 

Ragnar says the only thing to do is to make the best of the situation and find ways to make up for the education students were unable to receive under the curriculum. 

“There are many who have become weary and tired, and in fact all of society has had it up to here. We are in no position to do anything else but carry on doing our best and then make up for what’s been missing in a targeted and deliberate manner,” Ragnar Þór added. 

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